Carl Fredrik Hill, 1877
"The Cemetery" is an 1877 painting by Carl Fredrik Hill,
currently on display at the Malmö Art Museum in Sweden.
Hill was a Swedish born painter, born May 31, 1849, and died February
In the fall of 1877 he suffered from a tense situation where he
hovered between arrogance and deep despair. Contact with the outside
world, with his friends, became less and less. His studio door in
Paris was shut. In his Christmas letters to his family in Sweden
from 1877, he recounts the motifs that had occupied him, as well
as those he wanted to paint in the future, including a cemetery
with a man standing in front of a cross adorned with a wreath. A
picture of the deepest sorrow and desolation.
The lone figure's total isolation from the outside world is a dramatic
and desperate moment. The painting was painted shortly before the
artist's collapse. It belonged to one of the 18 paintings that Hill
wanted to show at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878.
"The Cemetery" remains as one of Hill's most popular