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“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.”
— 《The World Is Too Much With Us》
William Wordsworth (English poet, 1770-1850)
“Athanor” is one of two works by Anselm Kiefer with the name. This version was commissioned by the Louvre in 2007. The other Athanor is displayed at the Toledo Museum of Art.
This 10-meter high mural centers on a body, which as Kiefer stated: “He's not dead, but ‘in the universe’.” Above the body, a swirl of stars and clouds are linked to his torso by a delicate blade of golden light. At the base, soil from Kiefer’s French home is grittily embedded; above, silver and gold sparkle against a dark background bubbling with movement and foreboding.
The artist named the roughly textured painting “Athanor”, alludes to the clay furnace of the alchemists while the transition from base metal to gold, and mortality to immortality. As always, through his artistic alchemy, Kiefer’s imagery oscillates between death and rebirth as well as the tragic and mythology.
Anselm Kiefer (German, 1945-)
Emulsion, shellac, oil, chalk, lead, silver and gold on linen
Courtesy the artist & @museelouvre
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