All others are outside myself;
I lock my door and bar them out
The turmoil, tedium, gad-about.
I lock my door upon myself,
And bar them out; but who shall wall
Self from myself, most loathed of all?…
– Christina Rossetti
The painting at the top, I Lock My Door Upon Myself, is from Belgian Symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff who lived from 1858 until 1921. The title is taken from a verse of a poem, Who Shall Deliver Me? (shown in part above), from Christina Rossetti, the pre-Raphaelite poetess whose brother, Dante Rossetti, was an influence on the work of Khnopff.
It’s a haunting painting, one that always makes me stop a bit when I stumble across an image of it. Perhaps it is the symbolist elements in it…
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