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Title

The comedy of death

1854


Artist

Rodolphe Bresdin

France

1822 - 14 Jan 1885


About

In his decadent novel ‘À Rebours’ (Against Nature) J.K. Huysmans describes this print, an impression of which hangs on the wall of the anti-hero’s apartment: ‘In an unlikely-looking landscape, bristling with trees, coppices and clumps of vegetation, all taking on the forms of demons and phantoms, and covered with birds with the heads of rats…some willows rise, surmounted by skeletons who are waving a bouquet with their arms in the air, while Christ flees away through a dappled sky, and a hermit with his head in his hands meditates in the depths of a grotto, and an unfortunate lies dying, worn out by privations, with his feet before a pond.’


Details


Alternative title

La comédie de la Mort


Date

1854


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph


Edition

iv of 6 states


Dimensions

34.5 x 25.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., [inscribed on stone] "Rudlphe Bresdin...". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

212.1990


Artist information

Rodolphe Bresdin

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 8.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Diverse, individual and imaginative', pg.24-27, Sydney, Jul 2009, 27 (illus.).