The figure sits in a grey and desolate landscape, shoulders slumped in resignation. Hands hanging down, there is nothing they could do as they have no strength to hold anything. The arms and legs are mere bones, all flesh and strength wasted away. The face is obscured, black cloth hanging down the whole body like a shroud. The head is a cold white emptiness. There are no thoughts here, no feelings, no dreams. What is left is lethargy and numbness.
The scene is perfectly still. There is no movement, nothing to suggest that this state of desolation is ever going to change. The situation is utterly hopeless.
This painting perfectly captures the sense of depression.
Artwork by Zdzisław Beksiński. More of his surreal, sometimes even disturbing work here.