Triumph of Death: Three Skeletons Invading a Bacchanal Orchestrated by a Magician or an Evil Demon

A work made of graphite, with brush and gray wash, on cream laid paper (left sheet); graphite, pen and black ink, and brush and reddish-gray wash, on ivory laid paper (right sheet), joined and laid down on ivory japanese paper, edge mounted on cream card.
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  • A work made of graphite, with brush and gray wash, on cream laid paper (left sheet); graphite, pen and black ink, and brush and reddish-gray wash, on ivory laid paper (right sheet), joined and laid down on ivory japanese paper, edge mounted on cream card.

Date:

1770–71

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

Fuseli often dwelled on the macabre and the sensational, as in this drawing, and occasionally allowed his unconscious mind to dictate his subject matter. “For if these images so pursue us when our minds are in a kind of waking dream,” he wrote, “why should we not use this vice of the mind?”
Fuseli’s art played a role in his age’s taste for the Gothic. It was an era that saw the emergence of distinctly modern forms of cultural consumption: romances, sentimental novels and, most important, Gothic novels and plays focusing on themes of terror and the supernatural. As Fuseli’s student Benjamin Haydon wrote, “Amongst all classes [Fuseli] was considered a painter of horrors.”

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Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

Triumph of Death: Three Skeletons Invading a Bacchanal Orchestrated by a Magician or an Evil Demon

Origin

England

Date

1770–1771

Medium

Graphite, with brush and gray wash, on cream laid paper (left sheet); graphite, pen and black ink, and brush and reddish-gray wash, on ivory laid paper (right sheet), joined and laid down on ivory Japanese paper, edge mounted on cream card

Dimensions

357 × 572 mm (both sides); 420 × 369 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2012.79

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