A thoughtful reflection by Jack Franco. Culture and expression will always be at the heart of the European idea
In the painting above, what strikes one the most is the shadows. The imposing white building punctuated by the arches begs a thousand questions. Its stretch follows the street to its end. Terminating in what appears to be a seafront, a flag flutters as the sun either rises or descends. A young girl with her stick and hoop paces down the street and towards the light, in an opposing direction to that of the flag. Indistinguishable from the girl’s own form, a shadow emerges from a block in the shade. It is either the shadow of a person rearing his head, or a statue. A wooden cart is arbitrarily placed in the foreground, and we don’t know what is to enter – or exit – it from the shady arcade.
Mystery and Melancholy of a Streetwas painted by surrealist Giorgio de Chirico in 1914. Thirty years later in 1944…
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