(b. 1844, Laval, d. 1910, Paris)


Oil on canvas, 114 x 195 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The artist exhibited this painting in 1894 at the Salon des Indépendants. Although the motif is often found in nineteenth-century art, the painting nevertheless represents a completely independent work. Rousseau treats the subject of was with a naiveté reminiscent of children's or folk art without concrete references to place and time. The picture evokes however a horribly ghostly and nightmarish atmosphere.

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