Atman and Schopenhauer (2011)

Alfred Schopenhauer keeps cropping up here. My picture of him and Hegel even ended up in a Dutch University textbook, however, here I have painted him with one of his pet Poodles.

Acrylic on canvas, 508mm x 406mm

Schopenhauer had a difficult relationship with other people, and in his latter 27 years of his life, preferred the company of his pet poodle, Atman. Or to be more precise, a series of poodles, all called Atman.

In what I like to think of as a piece of German philosophical humour, Atman is the Sanskrit word for the ‘true self’, something that he searched for, through his writings, for his entire life.

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