Plate XIII: Le Deux bonnes soeurs

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Plate XIII: Le Deux bonnes soeurs

Georges Rouault (French, 1871-1958)


Rouault's Married Couple illustrated Baudelaire's poem Deux Bonnes Soeurs (Two Good Sisters).  In it he personified the pairing of Death and Debauchery.

"The tomb and the bed, fertile in blasphemies

Like two good sisters, offer us in turn

Terrible pleasures and frightful sweetness."
-Charles Baudelaire

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
70.135.13
credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors