Ennui, or a listless disconnection from active involvement. An absence of interest and motivation, resulting in lack of effort.An example of a work taking boredom as its subject: Walter Richard Sickert (English, 1860-1942), Ennui, c. 1914, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 112.4 cm, Tate Gallery, London. See aestheticism and English art.Quotes about boredom: "I am finding out pretty thoroughly here that too much freedom leads to boredom. One needs solitude and one needs distraction." Eug?ne Delacroix (1798-1863), French Romantic painter, The Journals of Eug?ne Delacroix, September 12, 1852, edited by Walter Pach, 1937. What has kept you inspired as an artist? "A fear of boredom. Just a mortal fear of boredom." Eric Fischl (1948-), American painter. Interviewed by the Arizona Republic, April 9, 2005, p. 2. See inspiration.