Cultured Wednesday: Carus’ Vollmond bei Pillnitz

Atmosphere. It bypasses cerebral knowledge and speaks instead to different levels within Man.

I remember this painting from way back when.  There is nothing more moody or enchanting than predominantly blue paintings with a little yellow…

Vollmond bei Pillnitz

Carl Gustav Carus (3 January 1789 – 28 July 1869), German painter of the Romantic era from Leipzig, Germany, was a friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s and, much like Goethe, a many-sided man: a doctor, a naturalist, a scientist, a psychologist, and a landscape painter who studied under Caspar David Friedrich.  In the latter capacity, we meet him today.  Many of his works are well worth attention, so the ones presented here are just meant as examples and incentives to look at Carus further.  I’ll add another one that I particularly like for its atmosphere.  It speaks of the Cistercians and reminds me of a place close to where I grew up, the Kloster Hude:


According to the Wiki, Uncle Carl credited Carus with pointing to the unconscious as the essential basis of the psyche.  It reflects in his paintings, I dare say.

Although various philosophers, among them Leibniz, Kant, and Schelling, had already pointed very clearly to the problem of the dark side of the psyche, it was a physician who felt impelled, from his scientific and medical experience, to point to the unconscious as the essential basis of the psyche. This was C. G. Carus, the authority whom Eduard von Hartmann followed.

~ C.G. Jung


Featured:  Crop of Carus’ painting of a Stone Age Mound.

Cultured Wednesday: Alan Lee’s Pwyll

What is Pwyll looking at?

Here is Alan Lee‘s illustration of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, for your enjoyment:

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Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed

If you have not read the First Branch of the Mabinogi, there is an online version of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, but in short, it is a story full of magic and love, battles and monsters, honor and betrayal, in other words, the ancient theme clothed anew.  Well worth your time, I dare say.

But even if you are quite uninterested in reading more than this post, the picture alone can conjure up a story, and thus we invite you to have a look at Alan Lee’s illustration, the scene, the foreground figure, the background figures, and let yourself be transported to another time and place.  Who is the man, and what is his standing in life?  Who are the men behind him?  Why might they be in this green world, half tamed and have wild, and what, dear Reader, might Pwyll be looking at?

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