The odd charm of The Garden of Death can most likely be attributed to the fact that Death is depicted as a gentle character, as is most often the case in Hugo Simberg's work. Why is Death, the very essence of destruction, tending to the potted plants and flowers that are metaphors for life and regeneration? Simberg believed the garden of death to be a place where souls go before entering heaven. He depicts human souls as plants, almost as if man is as undeveloped compared to his paradisical self as a child is compared to an adult. The painting does not reveal whether all the souls in the garden end up going to heaven, or why it is necessary to wait in the garden in the first place, but the atmosphere is nevertheless one of peace rather than anxiety.


  • Titre: The Garden of Death
  • Créateur: Hugo Simberg
  • Durée de vie du créateur: 1873/1917
  • Nationalité du créateur: Finnish
  • Sexe du créateur: Male
  • Lieu de naissance du créateur: Hamina
  • Lieu de décès du créateur: Ähtäri
  • Date de création: 1896
  • Dimensions physiques: w17.5 x h16 cm
  • Inventory number: A II 968:16
  • Dimensions: 16 x 17.5 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Droits: Ateneum Art Museum,
  • Support: Watercolour and gouache on paper

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