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The Comedy of Death

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory china paper laid down on white wove paper.

Date:

1854

Artist:

Rodolphe Bresdin
French, 1825-1885

About this artwork

Rodolphe Bresdin was a reclusive, highly individual artist who focused his career as a printmaker and draftsman on intricate compositions of exotic, mysterious, and even macabre subjects. Following the 1848 Revolution, Bresdin left Paris to travel around France on foot, settling in Toulouse from 1853 to 1857. It was there that he created this print, possibly inspired by Théophile Gautier’s 1838 poem of the same title.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Rodolphe Bresdin

Title

The Comedy of Death

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1854

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory China paper laid down on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 21.9 × 15 cm (8 5/8 × 5 15/16 in.); Chine: 22.1 × 17.3 cm (8 3/4 × 6 13/16 in.); Sheet: 47.3 × 31.2 cm (18 5/8 × 12 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1986.854

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