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Death Listens [EOL in Art 43]

In “Death Listens,” Hugo Simberg (1873-1917) depicts Death, personified as a skeleton wearing a black coat, listening with a bowed head as a young man plays the violin. 

In the background, there is an old woman lying on a bed, pale and apparently sickly. There is a suggestion that Death is there for the old woman, but that he is pausing so the young man, possibly the dying woman’s son, can have time to finish his violin playing.

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