My favorite Macabre Art- Les Saltimbanques by Gustave Dore'
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My favorite Macabre Art- Les Saltimbanques by Gustave Dore'

Les Saltimbanques,1874 is both inspiring and perhaps relevant from one of my top favorite artist and illustrator Gustave Dore' (1832-1883). Study the detail and the pain upon their faces.  The art tells a story.

FYI: In an 1874 interview with Gustave Doré for Appleton’s Journal (in England), Doré made his own intentions for this painting clear to the interviewer.

[Interviewer:] Turning to that picture of ‘The Mountebanks,’ which had so struck me, I asked if the poor wounded child were going to die.


“Yes,” answered M. Doré, “he is dying. I wished to depict the tardy awakening of nature in those two hardened almost brutalized beings. To gain money they have killed their child and in killing him they have found out that they had hearts. . . . The English engraver wishes me to call it ‘Behind the Scenes’ but its French title will be I think simply ‘Agonie.'”

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