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untitled (Death and human bodies)
  • Valère Bernard
    1880–1936
    born: Marseilles, France ; died: Marseilles, France ; active: France
  • untitled (Death and human bodies), 1914–1918
  • Where object was made: France
  • etching, aquatint?
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 239 x 346 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 7/16 x 13 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 265 x 399 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 7/16 x 15 11/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Eric Gustav Carlson
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0251
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

At the top of the print is a large figure, possibly identified as the allegorical figure of Death, with a skeletal face who is wearing a very large dark cape and holds a very large scythe in his hands, the blade of which curves down to the bottom edge of the print. Below that figure is a pile of human figures entangled amongst each other and on the facing right side is a pair of standing people, one male and one female, both nude.