25 April 2005

Debout les Morts

Browsing through a recently returned book (Tribute: Frans Masereel -- An exhibition of paintings, watercolours and graphics), I now have a new name to add to the list of "artists I like." Masereel was a Belgian artist, a pacifist, who created many unsettling images inspired by the first world war and the unrest that followed. One of the most haunting and heartbreaking images in the book is from a series called Debout les Morts and shows a drowning woman clutching her drowned infant.

The skeletal images which repeat throughout Masereel's work remind me of Jose Guadalupe Posada's famed calavera prints.

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