Anguish – August Friedrich Schenck, Oil on canvas, 1878



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  1. And then there’s the obnoxious, menacing crows! I’d like to chase them away. Toss stones at them. They should be fired. Anything comes to mind. I’ve never had such a strong dislike for a painting subject before.

  2. At the ngv, this is one of my favorite bits!! They had a light show play over the top of this painting, among others, for the most recent triennial show, which was incredible.

  3. Crows, too, lament the loss of their loved ones. This is poignant on a number of levels. I want to give the ewe a hug. I’m curious as to what the crows are doing. The ewe’s defensive posture reminds me of a warrior mother, which confuses me because sheep are “gentle,” but mothers can protect their young even if their soul is gone. Overall, this is a fantastic piece.

  4. In the NGV, I still recall looking at this with my Nana. She said that she brought a friend to the gallery who cried because she had recently lost a child when she saw this. So now I’m picturing two elderly ladies weeping, which just adds to the sadness. However, the color and detail are stunning.

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