Wednesday, January 11, 2006
"An Old Woman With A Rosary"
This is Paul Cezanne's "An Old Woman With A Rosary", which hangs in London's National Gallery. I saw it while Aleta & I were there visiting family & was terribly struck by it. The dark shadows, hollow eyes, downcast gaze, & depressed mood indicate that her prayer is ineffective. I know her. I see her in people I know. People who grasp in despair but find nothing but the shell of hollow memories & promises. I am haunted by the reality of their torment, both now & to come. I want to hold this woman... but she will not be held. I want to speak to her... but she will not hear. I want to love her... but she will not receive it. She hates her pain & yet holds onto it so tightly.