Xavier Mellery, Stairway

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Date: 1889
Technique: Black and red chalk on paper, 57 x 45 cm

In this drawing a strong sense of menace is created by the gloomy depths and striking shadows. Together with the calm rhythm generated by the surface pattern, this transforms concrete space into Mellery's inner landscape, an image of his soul:

For the mystery and foreboding of the shadows, the meditation turned in upon itself and the silence are the very forms your thought takes on.
(Lemonnier to Mellery, January 1899).

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