An image of The comedy of death

Rodolphe Bresdin

(France 1822 – 14 Jan 1885)

The comedy of death

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.’

Year
1854
Media
Print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
34.5 x 25.3 cm sheet
Signature & date

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

Credit
Purchased 1990
Accession number
212.1990