Goodbye My Friend, Goodbye: Auguste Toulmouche – Consolation

20 Nov

Pastel pink armchair – empty, warm and dear face is no longer here, evening casts tired shadows on the walls of this opulent, cosy drawing room. Black silk dresses, pale faces kissed by sorrow, and snow white handkerchief soaked in tears… Could a new day bring consolation?

1867-auguste-toulmouche-consolationAuguste Toulmouche, Consolation, 1867

Goodbye, my friend, goodbye
My love, you are in my heart.
It was preordained we should part
And be reunited by and by.

Goodbye: no handshake to endure.
Let’s have no sadness — furrowed brow.
There’s nothing new in dying now
Though living is no newer.

(Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin)

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3 Responses to “Goodbye My Friend, Goodbye: Auguste Toulmouche – Consolation”

  1. Elliot 23rd November 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    Lovely painting and poem. By the way I found an autumnal painting I thought you might like by John Atkinson Grinshaw (1886), titled ‘an autumn lane’ it’s very Victorian and I love it, it has a great atmosphere to it, link here – http://c300221.r21.cf1.rackcdn.com/g-john-atkinson-grimshaw-an-autumn-lane-1886-flickr-1350770252_b.jpg

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    • Byron's Muse 25th November 2016 at 3:49 pm #

      I’m glad you like the poem because it’s very special to me, it reminds me of everyone I’ve lost.

      I was aware of that painting, but still it’s nice that you thought of me, I love it too: very atmospheric and perfect for daydreaming. And I think it’s really nice that you stopped by at my blog, despite being preoccupied by other things, I very much appreciate it. And by the way have you watched ‘Cemetery Junction’ (2010), it’s very funny, uplifting and set in 1970s Reading, I liked it. It’s an easy watch, nice aesthetics and good jokes.

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      • Elliot 25th November 2016 at 4:06 pm #

        I haven’t seen that film but I trust your recommendation and will try to see it if I can, I do really like films set in the 70’s. Really no need to thank me for visiting your blog – I love reading your writing and I love the passion you have for art, no-one I know sees art the way you do.

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