Sweetness and Contemplation

I love this painting. It’s by Finnish artist Hugo Simberg. He also has this  sweetly whimsical etching of death skating that I simply adore. I know some people find images like this macabre but I find them very serene and  soothing to my spirits. There’s a peace in them and a gentleness that challenges our common perception of death.



There’s something here that speaks of continuity too down through the ages, an inter-generational transmission not just of life and promise but of knowledge and wisdom and a way of being in the world.


These images inspire me to at least attempt to be gentler in my world and with others and that’s a good thing.



3 thoughts on “Sweetness and Contemplation

  1. Makes me think of an image in one of my old archaeology books here, I was going to dig it out and name it for you but couldn’t find it! It has this amazing full colour photograph of a human skull half buried in dirt. A little plant has sprouted in one of the eye sockets. x) It’s a creepy and yet immensely beautiful and serene picture, wonder if you have come across it?


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