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untitled (emaciated figure with bats)
  • Valère Bernard
    born: Marseilles, France ; died: Marseilles, France ; active: France
  • untitled (emaciated figure with bats), 1914–1918
  • Where object was made: France
  • etching, aquatint
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 243 x 344 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 9/16 x 13 9/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 338 x 439 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 5/16 x 17 5/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Eric Gustav Carlson
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0256

In the foreground there is a crouching, emaciated, skeletal female figure holding a bone in her proper left hand a large scythe in her proper right hand. A bat is on the ground in front of her and is nursing from her proper left breast. There is another large bat perched on her shoulder and extending its wings around her head. In the background there are dead bodies on the ground.