Le charnier (à l’aube), ca. 1894

| 330x410mm |
Pastel on paper mounted on canvas Signed lower left ‘Henry de Groux


Private collection, Paris

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It is believed that the present work was made between 1890 and 1894 in the running up towards the definitive “Le charnier” (1894, private collection) exhibited at La Libre Esthétique in 1895. From about 1890 onwards, de Groux’s works turn away from the Napoleonic theme and into a highly personal symbolism of the macabre, filled with animalistic mythology. It is possible that the present work was also exhibited at La Libre Esthétique in 1895 under the title “170 - Paysage.” hanging next to “Le charnier” and recalling both the idea and certain figures into a more elaborate landscape. Some twenty years later, de Groux returned to the present work as an inspiration for one of his etchings depicting the horrors of World War I. 

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