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Title

The comedy of death

1854

Artist

Rodolphe Bresdin

France

1822 - 14 Jan 1885

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Rodolphe Bresdin

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.’

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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