Léon Spilliaert

Femme en Pied 1902

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L´Attente (Femme dans une attitude tragique dans un paysage austère)

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Vertigo, Magic Staircase (1908)

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Digue de mer, Ostende, reflets de lumière

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“To the body of Spilliaert, to the body of those who are haunted, and to the symptoms that have no rational place within the scheme of the subject: when the body of the human turns to the mirror and finds another self gazing back, then the experience of surprise is only because the body is unable to think in advance of its expression. Indeed, a part of the horror written into Spilliaert’s face is as much a horror of being haunted by the premature arrival of a ghost, as it is the horror that the ghost was there all along. How does this expression come into the world? Is there a silence into which a fortuitous circumstance — Spilliaert being placed between two mirrors in a particular room — allows the expression to take shape? Finally, is this gloomy environment simply the means by which the inner world of the haunted gains a voice?”