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The Last Farewell, (painting)

Artist:
Lichtenberger
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 313 (Sale info: For Sale).
It is a mournful scene that is here depicted to us; the realization of the solemn words: "Ashes to ashes and dust to dust." In the depths of winter, . . . a little group has assembled in the village church-yard, to lay a son, husband and father in his last resting-place. The good old pastor must have known the dead from childhood, for in his face we read a sorrow of his own, as well as sympathy for the bereaved. By his side stands the schoolmaster, . . . The most touching figures are those of the aged parents. . . . The father, a blind veteran, hides his anguish beneath the rigid calmness of his profession, but the tension of his clasped hands, the deep furrows in his face, and his firmly set mouth betoken the workings within. The poor old mother, bowed with years, strains her eyes, whose fountains seem exhausted with much weeping, to obtain a last look at the coffin, a mournful satisfaction denied her sightless companion. On the other side of the grave kneels the widow and her two orphan charges: the girl clinging to her . . . the boy hardly yet realizing his great loss, though subdued by the sorrow that surrounds him. Near them are the grave-digger and the village watchman, alike in nothing but the sad seriousness befitting the occasion; . . . [P. 29.]
The Exhibition of Paintings of the International Art Institution, 694 Broadway, corner of Fourth Street. Wm. Aufermann, Director. Every painting is For Sale.--Information about prices to be had at the office. New-York: G.B. Teubner, Printer, 10 Spruce Street. 1861.
Artist address: Dresden.
Topic:
State of Being--Death
Ceremony--Funeral
Occupation--Religion--Minister
Figure group--Elderly
Architecture--Religious--Church
Architecture--Monument--Gravestone
Control number:
AECI 01430313
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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