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A Spirit Drawing From Victor Hugo

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments


Spiritualism was all the rage in France in the 1850s; like many others, Victor Hugo and his household experimented with seances, table-rapping, and channeled communications.  This intriguing drawing dates from sometime around 1854.

Hugo’s large body of graphic work may be unfamiliar to some of you: he left behind more than 3500 drawings.  He had a particular penchant for romantic landscapes in ink and wash; here’s one of them, from 1866. 


(Posted by Doug Skinner.  Both of these appeared in I Disegni di Victor Hugo, Edizioni ALFA Bologna, 1983.) 

Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Diversions · Literature

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamie // Jul 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm


  • 2 Gail // Jul 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

    the color is very beautiful. I love how little detail there is, but it’s so evocative. The 4 legged creature seems pulled in so many directions!

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