Wounded Angel




HUGO SIMBERG
Wounded Angel, 1903


 

Simberg devoted himself to death in a number of poetical, sometimes even sarcastic paintings. In these presentations, death is busily occupied with many different errands: Sometimes, he works as the gardener, sometimes he nags through the tree of life as in the allegory of autumn, or he stops by to pick up the child of the farmer.

His wounded angel transported by two helpful but simple-minded country boys symbolises the contradictoriness of the heavenly ideal and the ignorant reality. The angel cannot cope with it, and this is shown with irony and, still, serenity.