Calvary

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Oil on canvas
71cm h x 91cm w
Inv. 133

This impressive painting may have been inspired by the frequent Calvaries set at the entrances of villages in the Pyrénées. Fr Martin, who went frequently to Lourdes, has represented medieval villages similar to this one several times, with the characteristic dark muted colours of a grey day in the mountains. But, more than a representation of the sculptures, Christ and the two thieves seem to be painted as a direct evocation of the Crucifixion.

 

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