Well I hope you all appreciate spaces’ badassness (😂) and don’ believe that some bearded old man on a fluffy cloud created all those beautiful death traps out there! Because this one is HD189733b, a gas giant, just 63 light-years away from earth, but don’ t be fooled by that pretty blue color! The temperature of this planets’ atmosphere is over 1000 degrees celsius, the winds blow at 7000 km/h and to make it even more comfy it rains glass. Sideways!
Fernand Edmond Jean Marie Khnopff, I lock my door upon myself, 1891.
The aim of the Symbolists was to turn away from what they saw as the materialism of Impressionism. Instead, they sought to be evocative, to suggest a mood, or an abstract idea—to make their work analogous to poetry and music (neither of which depict the external world in a literal way). So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Khnopff’s painting, I Lock My Door Upon Myself (1891), takes its title and inspiration from a poem, “Who Shall Deliver Me?” by Christina Rossetti (the sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a Pre-Raphaelite painter who was an important influence on Khnopff).
The poem’s title clearly recalls a biblical passage, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) whose subject is an internal conflict from which only God can deliver us. In Khnopff’s hands though, Rossetti’s poem becomes a more general and secular meditation on inner conflict or mood.