Unsettle Me

Symbols of death, like tombstones and skeletons, help to create all those eerie and unsettling feelings we come to expect this time of year, and cemeteries provide the perfect inspiration. To mark the occasion, here are a few photos of artists’ graves I visited this summer in France. The phantoms and spirits were on their best behaviour during my daytime visits, and the only unsettling visuals came from the public washroom. There are times I’m SO grateful I can’t smell.

MAN RAY (1890-1976), Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris. An American Modernist artist, who was also a major contributor to Dadaism and Surrealism.

CESAR BALDACCINI (1921-1998), Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris. French sculptor, and contributor to the Nouveau Réalism movement.

MAX ERNST (1891-1976), Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. German painter, printmaker and sculptor. One of the founders of the Dada and Surrealist movements.

EUGENE DELACROIX (1798-1863), Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. French Romantic artist.

GEORGE PIERRE SEURAT (1859-1891), Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman.

CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1876-1957), Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris. Romanian-born artist, considered to be one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century.

If you’re interested in seeing more photos of graves like those of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf,etc. you can have a look at my Cemetery Collection on Flickr. The number of kisses left on Oscar Wilde’s grave is insane! His grandson apparently can’t understand why women do this, since Oscar clearly had a preference for men. Go figure.

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9 responses to “Unsettle Me

  1. Always interesting and thought provoking to wander through a cemetery! This one looks fascinating!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  2. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    Love yor moody photos! Perfect!! Even the graveyards in Paris are artful. 😉

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party.
    ❤ Christina at I Gotta Create!

  3. I love that you visited these graves–very cool! I’ve got to get over to your Flickr site.

  4. You are a STAR today! Can’t help myself… Paris…moody…graveyard… Featuring you over at I Gotta Create!
    Thanks so much for linking up.
    ❤ Christina

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/10/of-ghosts-graveyards.html

    • Oh gosh, thank you so much! Didn’t expect that since it isn’t exactly a tutorial, but I couldn’t resist sharing these images with Halloween around the corner. Cemeteries are so beautiful and I’m glad you liked the post!

  5. Oh, how neat that you visited and shared these graves. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Sorry I’m visiting/commenting so late!

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