Democracy in Europe

The Fate of Europe

A thoughtful reflection by Jack Franco. Culture and expression will always be at the heart of the European idea

[the retrospect]

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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