Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood - Dans in Zeven Tempos)

Nicolas Mathieu Eekman Belgian

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The theme of the Dance of Death goes back centuries; most famously Hans Holbein in the 16th century depicted people of different professions and statuses surprised by the skeletal figure of death and followed by early twentieth-century artists like Marcel Roux and Lovis Corinth, Here Eekman takes a different approach: central large tree extends its branches like deathly hands that reach for the figures in the seven plates of Eekman's Dance of Death, a large accordion-folded frieze printed on deicate Toshi paper. In each scene, a ragged bird hovers around the figures who range from musicians and farmers to a pair of fat and thin men. Eekman was a Belgian expressionist who in 1920 moved to Paris where he remained for the rest of his life.

Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood - Dans in Zeven Tempos), Nicolas Mathieu Eekman (Belgian, Brussels 1889–1973 Paris), Frieze of seven woodcuts plus title printed on Toshi paper with a woodcut cover printed  on thick oatmeal paper

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