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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Impressions of TO THE LIGHTHOUSE

2)  Ghost, Air, Nothingness

Media:  Multicolour woodcut
Image Size:  6" x 8 1/2"

To quote from TTL:  "Oh, Mrs. Ramsay!  she called out silently, to that essence which sat by the boat, that abstract one made of her, that woman in grey, as if to abuse her for having gone, and then having gone, come back again.  It seemed so safe thinking of her.   Lily Briscoe.

Virginia Woolf, in the role of painter, Lily Briscoe.   To the uninitiated, the animal in the foreground is a Goat, a family nickname.   

I have just replaced the former photocopy with a better one and, in the process, have lost two comments.  I regret because comments and replies do help to clarify the novel for those who are not familiar with Virginia Woolf's autobiographical approach. 


  1. This has always been my favourite novel of hers. The idea of the mother as the "angel of the house" -- that one cannot get enough of; that abandons one -- is terribly haunting.

    This also reminds me that I have a biography of Leslie Stephen that I've been meaning to read for ages.

    I recently read The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins -- wonderful book -- and she met Virginia Woolf a few times when she was a young writer. Apparently VW was terrifying, but Leonard was sweet and solicitous.

  2. Thanks Bee - Did you spot the blog 'Killing the Fat Angel in The House', by I will look for 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.
    I am not sure I want to read the biography of Leslie Stephen. He is the one who sounds terrifying to me!

  3. I adore woodcut prints. This one is amazing. I love the subtle colors and the texture. wow.

  4. No, I haven't heard of that blog . . . but it sounds intriguing. And yes, Leslie Stephen was a tough and exacting father, I think.