Mellery, Xavier - After Evening Prayers
Type of Spiritual Experience
This drawing shows a scene bathed in twilight, its source seemingly emanating simultaneously from an unseen skylight above and from a dully glowing lamp. These in turn illuminate the high veils of the nuns, which thus become supplementary sources of illumination within the space. The nuns evoke the idea of .... a denial of self and the contemplation of the supernatural: these nuns appear to have no solid corporeal form; even their faces cannot be seen. They can be seen as interchangeable apparitions which merge into the shadows and are only included as components of a particular, strongly felt mood.
(Source: Marc Lambrechts, Impressionism to Symbolism: The Belgian Avant Garde 1880-1900))