An Old Man Murdered by Three Younger Men  1773

by Johann Heinrich Füssli

Johann Heinrich Fuseli once told student Benjamin Haydon: "[A] subject should interest, astonish, or move; if it did none of these it was worth nothing, by God." [br] Dramatically lit behind dark, parted curtains, a group of figures encircle an old man and brutally stab him. Starkly opposing areas of dark and light intensify the drama: the paper's brilliant whiteness con...
42.2 x 47.6 cm
Pen and black ink and gray wash
Courtesy of The Getty