The Last Judgment

Charles Filiger (French, 1863-1928)

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  • Pont-Aven School artists often depicted Christian religious themes. In this two-part composition of the Last Judgment, Filiger has presented the saved souls on the left and the damned on the right.
  • In the left panel, the Angel of Redemption hovers over a typical Brittany cliff, rendered in bands of flat color. On the right, the figures of the damned bear faces with long vertical lines. The central panel was never completed.
  • Filiger’s emphasis on detail and his meticulous use of gold and silver set him apart from most of the Pont-Aven School. He was inspired by Italian medieval painters.

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Object Information

Charles Filiger (French, 1863-1928)
creation date
about 1892-1894
gouache, silver, and gold on cardboard
16-15/16 x 18-3/8 in.
23-1/2 x 27 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed on the right panel, l.l. : Filiger
accession number
credit line
Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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