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The Comedy of Death ("La Comédie de la Mort")

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The Comedy of Death
("La Comédie de la Mort")

Artist: Rodolphe Bresdin (French, 1815 - 1885)

Date: 1854
Medium: Lithograph
Overall: 14 1/2 x 11 5/16in. (36.8 x 28.7cm)
Image: 8 1/2 x 5 7/8in. (21.6 x 14.9cm)
Signed: l.l.:'R.Bresdin 185?'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 55.75
Label Text
These prints are two of the artworks that were admired by Jean Des Essentes, the protagonist of Joris-Karl Huysmans' groundbreaking Symbolist novel, À rebours (1884). Although each is derived from different sources-one a mocking commentary on humankind's mortality and the other inspired by Jesus' famous parable-the bizarre landscapes depicted in both were inspired by 16th century Northern European painters such as Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) and Matthias Grünewald (ca. 1470-1528).

May 2012

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