Blogs like this make me resent writing blogs. Ugh. If you’ve been reading our blogs lately and wondering where the passion is, that’s the reason. I think a lot of us have given up on trying to make boring prompts not sound too poopy, unfortunately. Alas, here is some stuff about Hamlet.
As you can see, this is a painting of Hamlet finding Polonius behind the curtain. This was painted by Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix in 1855 and is an oil on canvas painting. It is held in Musee des Breaux-Arts in Reims, France.
The part of the play that inspired this is in Act III Scene 4. In lines 1-25 or so, Hamlet is arguing with the queen about his behavior (and her behavior with Claudius). Polonius, who is hiding behind a curtain like a little
bitc..snitch thinks that Hamlet is going to murder the queen so he screams for help. Hamlet, thinking Polonius was Claudius, stabs Polonius in line 27. It’s not until line 34 that he realizes his mistake and that is what this painting depicts.
I like that the artist used dark, rich colors to depict such a dark scene. I know this is proper for the time, but Hamlet looks like such a man-child in his tights as portrayed by this painting, which accurately represents how I feel about him. I didn’t think about this when I read the play, but I really enjoy that the artist has the queen running away in the background. That would be the logical move to make, but I guess I just imagined her sitting in there while Polonius died as her insane son murdered him.
The artist depicts the castle pretty much how I would interpret it to look–dark, royal, expensive–so that’s nice. I don’t know if this was intentional on the artist’s part, but if you look closely, the dead Polonius looks as if he has red hooves, which would signify that Polonius is the devil. I agree with the artist’s interpretation, if that was his notion. Polonius sucks tbh. So does Hamlet. Everybody sucks in this play, pretty much.
Overall, this artist accurately represented how I pictured this scene from the play in my head and he did a good job making Polonius look like he deserved it and making Hamlet look like a man-child. Good job, Fernando Victor Eugene Delacroix.