[Painting of Death as a spectral nanny taking a child and infant away from their bereaved family. A detail shows the family’s house number is 1918.]
I never realized this until seeing the detail, but this painting is most likely about the flu pandemic.
it’s really interesting seeing death portrayed as a woman
Especially a a nurturer rather than a destroyer
Reminds me of a fascinating conversation I had on the farm earlier this summer about Peter Pan and coping mechanisms for dealing with death and kids during the flu epidemic. I guess death is strange and indiscriminate and we feel the need to use art to make sense of it & that is so interesting and beautiful to me idk