60,5 x 76 cm
This painting is about the king and the queen who are in love. There is no doubt about it, right? However, the painting has a hidden meaning that lies in the realm of alchemy. In alchemy, the relationship between the king and the queen is a process of interaction and transformation of two opposite substances into a new one uniting the qualities of the parents.
Carl Jung, studying ancient texts on alchemy, came to a conclusion that what ancient alchemists described as a process of making a philosophical stone, in fact described their own psychological phenomena observed during chemical experiments. He interpreted the alchemical process of uniting the king and the queen as transference in action.
“The term "transference” is used by Jung as a psychological synonym for love, which in interpersonal relations as well as in depth-psychological analysis serves the role of the great healer of the sorrows and injuries of living.
In “The Psychology of the Transference”, Jung has shared with the world his uniquely practical insight, not only into the psychological mechanism of love, but into the process of the reconciliation of all opposites - emotive, intellectual, physical, and metaphysical. In love, as in psychological growth, the key to success is the ability to endure the tension of the opposites without abandoning the process, even if the process and its result appear to have been brought to naught. In our impatient age, replete with divorce, fickleness, and the pursuit of change, these psycho-alchemical insights are very much needed indeed!” (Stephan A. Hoeller).