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Hopelessness Collection

"Hopelessness: A Desolate Journey through Time and Emotion" In the highland region of the Tasmanian central plateau

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Dead Trees in the highland region of the Tasmanian central plateau

Dead Trees in the highland region of the Tasmanian central plateau

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - sails made

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - sails made
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, It ceased; yet still the sails made on, a pleasant noise till noon

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Maxilla bone with teeth

Maxilla bone with teeth
Illustration engraving of a maxilla bone with teeth

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Water Snakes

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Water Snakes
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water snakes

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Game is done

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Game is done
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The Game is done ! I ve won I ve won ! Quoth she, and whistles thrice

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas)

Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas)
HFA393557 Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday (oil on canvas) by Fraser, Alexander Snr (1786-1865); 40.5x58.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Halloween night

Halloween night
Vampire castle in moon light

Background imageHopelessness Collection: The Death of Cato, after a work by Francois Boucher, 1808 (print)

The Death of Cato, after a work by Francois Boucher, 1808 (print)
478494 The Death of Cato, after a work by Francois Boucher, 1808 (print) by Boucher, Francois (1703-70) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, 95 BC - 46 BC)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Ophelia, 1918 (litho)

Ophelia, 1918 (litho)
1071207 Ophelia, 1918 (litho) by Freese, Hans (1850-1950) ; 25.4001x24.765x cm; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA; (add.info)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: The Marriage of Convenience, 1883 (oil on canvas)

The Marriage of Convenience, 1883 (oil on canvas)
GLS62456 The Marriage of Convenience, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Orchardson, William Quiller (1832-1910); 104.8x154.3 cm; Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Man Person Contemplating Suicide Hanging Himself

Man Person Contemplating Suicide Hanging Himself
Man contemplating hanging himself from a tree. After a work by Honore Daumier

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Abandonnee (Abandoned) (colour litho)

Abandonnee (Abandoned) (colour litho)
3098613 Abandonnee (Abandoned) (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Abandonnee (Abandoned)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Storm in the forest

Storm in the forest, a scene from Atala. Engraving from 1870. Engraving by Gustave Dore, Photo by D Walker

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - and still it neared

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - and still it neared
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist ! and still it neared and neared

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - and cursed me

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - and cursed me
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Each turned his face with ghastly pang, and cursed me with his eye

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - My soul in agony

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - My soul in agony
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I saw that curse

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I saw that curse
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse, and yet I could not die

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - rain poured down

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - rain poured down
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, And the rain poured down from one black cloud

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - They groaned

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - They groaned
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, nor spake, not moved their eyes

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - in my soul discerned

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - in my soul discerned
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I heard and in my soul discerned, two voices in the the air

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - that ship so fast

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - that ship so fast
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, But why drives on that ship so fast, Without or wave or wind

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - moonlight lay

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - moonlight lay
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and on the bay the moonlight lay, and the shadow of the Moon

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner O shrieve me holy man

Rime of the Ancient Mariner O shrieve me holy man
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man !. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner that his face I see

Rime of the Ancient Mariner that his face I see
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, That moment that his face I see, I know the man that must hear me

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - What loud uproar

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - What loud uproar
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, What loud uproar bursts from that door! The Wedding guests are there

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - So lonely twas

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - So lonely twas
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, So lonely twas, that God himself, Scarce seemed there to be

Background imageHopelessness Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Daphnis and Alcimadura

La Fontaines Fables - Daphnis and Alcimadura
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. Daphnis is a young shepherd in love with Alcimadure, but Alcimadure rejects him because she does not believe he is sincere

Background imageHopelessness Collection: La Fontaines Fables - The Horoscope

La Fontaines Fables - The Horoscope
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Horoscope. A man suffers from bad dream, nightmares and omens of doom

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - This seraph band

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - This seraph band
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, This seraph band, each waved his hand, It was a heavenly sight !

Background imageHopelessness Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Arbitrator Almoner and Hermit

La Fontaines Fables - Arbitrator Almoner and Hermit
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Arbitrator, Almoner and Hermit

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Lovers in the moonlit forest

Lovers in the moonlit forest
" The lovers in the moonlit forest, a scene from Atala. Engraving from 1870. Engraving by Gustave Dore, Photo by D Walker."

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Victorian London - Scripture Reader in a Night Refuge

Victorian London - Scripture Reader in a Night Refuge
" Vintage engraving showing a scene from 19th Century London England. A missionary reads from the bible to homeless people in a night refuge, circa 1870."

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - in crimson colors came

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - in crimson colors came
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Full many shapes, that shadows were, in crimson colors came

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Spirits in Purgatory

Spirits in Purgatory
" A troop of spirits in purgatory, a scene from Dantes inferno. Engraving from 1870. Engraving by Gustave Dore, Photo by D Walker."

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I pass like night

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I pass like night
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I pass like night from land to land, I have strange power of speech

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The moving Moon went up the sky. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Rime of the Ancient Mariner - upon the rotting sea

Rime of the Ancient Mariner - upon the rotting sea
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I looked upon the rotting sea, and draw my eyes away

Background imageHopelessness Collection: The vision of Death

The vision of Death. Engraving from 1870. Engraving by Gustave Dore, Photo by D Walker

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Illustration from Scenes de la vie de boheme by Henri Murger (colour litho)

Illustration from Scenes de la vie de boheme by Henri Murger (colour litho)
PCT3601809 Illustration from Scenes de la vie de boheme by Henri Murger (colour litho) by Gill, Andre (1840-85); Private Collection; (add.info.: A man tied a rope to a tree to hang himself)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor with a Rabbit

Background imageHopelessness Collection: An Unfortunate Family (colour litho)

An Unfortunate Family (colour litho)
971855 An Unfortunate Family (colour litho) by Tassaert, Octave (1800-74); Private Collection; (add.info.: An Unfortunate Family. After a painting in the Musee de Luxembourg)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Suicide of an abused child (colour litho)

Suicide of an abused child (colour litho)
2818922 Suicide of an abused child (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Suicide of Lucie Guyon, an abused ten year-old girl. Martyre d enfant)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: A mother who asphyxiated herself and her three children (colour litho)

A mother who asphyxiated herself and her three children (colour litho)
3099222 A mother who asphyxiated herself and her three children (colour litho) by Carrey, (fl.1900) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A mother who asphyxiated herself and her three children)

Background imageHopelessness Collection: When Love was Lost and Life was Vain: Pierrot Forlorn. In the Autumn of Youth

When Love was Lost and Life was Vain: Pierrot Forlorn. In the Autumn of Youth: " Fallen Leaves". Date: 1912

Background imageHopelessness Collection: YESTERDAY

YESTERDAY
Antje Wenner-Braun

Background imageHopelessness Collection: A heartbreaking suicide: a mother throwing herself and her child under the wheels of an express

A heartbreaking suicide: a mother throwing herself and her child under the wheels of an express train (colour litho)
3099230 A heartbreaking suicide: a mother throwing herself and her child under the wheels of an express train (colour litho) by French School

Background imageHopelessness Collection: Waiting for Death! (colour litho)

Waiting for Death! (colour litho)
3648169 Waiting for Death! (colour litho) by Morgan, Matthew " Matt" Somerville (1839-90); Private Collection; (add.info.: Waiting for Death)



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"Hopelessness: A Desolate Journey through Time and Emotion" In the highland region of the Tasmanian central plateau, dead trees stand as silent witnesses to a world devoid of life. Their skeletal branches reach out towards an indifferent sky, embodying the essence of hopelessness. A maxilla bone with teeth, once part of a living being, now lies discarded and forgotten. It serves as a haunting reminder that even in death, despair can linger. Like the sails made from "Rime of the Ancient Mariner, " we find ourselves adrift on an ocean of desolation. The water snakes slither around us, their venomous presence symbolizing our own inner demons that threaten to consume us whole. "The game is done, " echoes in our minds like a mournful dirge from Coleridge's poem. We are left defeated and broken by circumstances beyond our control. Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday's oil painting captures two souls trapped on an isolated island - a metaphor for our own isolation amidst despair. The canvas reflects their longing for connection and escape from their bleak reality. "The Death of Cato" print by Francois Boucher portrays a figure succumbing to his fate with stoic resignation. His demise represents the surrender we feel when faced with overwhelming hopelessness - acceptance mingled with sorrow. Ophelia's litho artwork from 1918 depicts her tragic end submerged in water lilies; it mirrors our own struggle against suffocating despair. We yearn for someone or something to pull us back into the light before we drown completely. In "The Marriage of Convenience, " painted in 1883, two figures stand side by side but devoid of love or passion. They represent those who settle for empty relationships out of desperation rather than genuine affection – another facet that pervades society. As death fires dance at night during Halloween festivities, they illuminate not only costumes but also the darkness within our souls.