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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.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




Rodolphe Bresdin
French, 1825-1885

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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.


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Rodolphe Bresdin


The Comedy of Death


France (Artist's nationality:)

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


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.)

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Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

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