Plate IX: Le Squelette laboureur

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Plate IX: Le Squelette laboureur

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)


In 1926, Rouault created a series of etchings to illustrate the poems of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal for Ambroise Vollard.  The images and text were not published for forty years, after the deaths of the artist and publisher.

Skeleton accompanied Baudelaire's poem Squellete laboureur, inspired by a woodcut in an old book of anatomy showing a skeleton in the act of working, which caused the poet to ponder whether eternal life was a lie.

Object Information

artist
Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)
creation date
1926
materials
etching and aquatint
dimensions
17 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
inscribed in pencil, below image, L.L.: 342/425
accession number
70.135.9
credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors