R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,
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Zygmunt Andrychiewicz - Death of the Artist (The Last Friend) (1901)



Wrapping up this year's Art for the Month of June, I am pleased to share 'Death of the Artist (The Last Friend)' by Polish painter Zygmunt Andrychiewicz. This scene shows a unkempt bedroom where a young man—a struggling artist, as evident by the items throughout the room—is shown on his death bed. The cause of his condition isn't specified, but I wouldn't rule out suicide. He appears to be living in poverty, and the items throughout his room reflect a lonely existence wherein he's been consumed by his work, with no evidence of friends, family, or even interests outside his chosen craft.

The suited figure in the chair, obviously Death himself, is indentified a skeleton. Not only does Death grant our poor artist a release from this life, but he offers him the comfort of music, soothing the spirit as he is slips out of this worldly plane. If artists create as a way of coming to terms with their own mortality, it would seem fair that Death grant the living a few courtesy notes as well.
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