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Ary Scheffer, Lénore, les morts vont vite (1830) : la représentation de la mort au XIXe siècle

Abstract : Romanticism is passionate about death, the supernatural, the darkness and everything about the horrible. Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) is one of those artists attracted by these themes. Around 1830, he executed one of his most famous painting, Lénore, les morts vont vite. This artwork represents a fantastic ride in the twilight, where Lenore, a young fiancée, is carried away by the spectre of her lover. When dawn will rise, the young woman will join her future husband in death. Ary Scheffer illustrates here a well-known ballad, Lénore, written by Gottfried August Bürger in 1773. Various themes which relate to the nineteenth century's art will be discussed : the aspects adopted by the personification of Death, the various allegories of death, the close links between love and death (Eros and Thanatos) and the topic of « la belle morte ».
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Maélia Orso. Ary Scheffer, Lénore, les morts vont vite (1830) : la représentation de la mort au XIXe siècle. Art et histoire de l'art. 2019. ⟨dumas-02497021⟩



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