This sequence of paintings is anchored in the elegy Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in June 1926, several months before his death and already sensing the deadly disease, to Marina Tsvetaeva, a great Russian poet who lived in emigration in Czechia, within a deep experience of utter alienation. Taking a phrase from Rilke himself, I call it “Unbroken flowers: Elegy in colour for Rainer Maria Rilke and Marina Tsvetaeva”.
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English translation by A.S.Kline, with permission. (link)
Rilke’s Elegy (German) (Aus: Die Gedichte 1922 bis 1926 (Muzot, 8. Juni 1926))