In a letter from Paris to Sweden the Christmas of 1877 Carl Fredrik Hill writes about subjects that engage him and he wants to paint. One of them is a cemetery with a man standing in front of a grave. The painting "Cemetery" is characterized by pessimism and a sense of vulnerability and loneliness. The viewer perceives a mood of despair, hopelessness and human transience. Shortly thereafter the artist was taken to hospital after a mental breakdown.


  • Title: The Cemetery
  • Creator Lifespan: 1849 - 1911
  • Creator Nationality: Swedish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Lund, Sweden
  • Creator Birth Place: Lund, Sweden
  • Date Created: 1877
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Signatures: No signature
  • Provenance: Gift from the Friends of Malmö Art Museum 1927
  • Physical Dimensions: w65 x h103 cm (Complete)
  • Painter: Carl Fredrik Hill
  • Exhibition History: 2011-2012: Carl Fredrik Hill - Maximus Pictor; Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Malmö Art Museum, Malmö Art Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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