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Funereal Pomp

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1913-1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drypoint and etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist’s uncle, Witold Leitgeber

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 223

Although he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, the painter and graphic artist Konstanty Brandel often visited his native Poland and continued to consider himself a Polish artist. His work may be described as Symbolist and has much in common with that of figures such as Odilon Redon and Gustave Doré, although Hieronymus Bosch, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Francisco de Goya have also been cited as possible influences.

Brandel’s imagery often includes architecture fantastically interpreted, with exaggerated and highly improbable structures, scale and perspective. Elsewhere he creates similarly disturbing landscapes. These fantasies are frequently inhabited by men, women and animals engaged in strange or ritualistic behaviour. The figures increase the sense of vast dimension and are often endowed with supernatural powers such as the ability to float or fly. Here four figures support a bier holding a bearded, naked corpse high up in the vaulted space of a cathedral.

Physical description

The upper part of the interior of a vast cathedral somewhere near the transept, with very tall grecian columns to the right. Suspended in the space within the architectural vault, four figures floating in space, bearing an open coffin holding a bearded male figure. At the head of the coffin a standing/floating female figure. The cortege appears to be rising upor falling down this deep space.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)


1913-1915 (made)


Brandel, Konstanty, born 1880 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drypoint and etching

Marks and inscriptions

In monogram in artist's red stamp on the margin.


Height: 22.9 cm plate, Width: 16.8 cm plate, Height: 50.5 cm sheet, Width: 33 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Konstanty Brandel 'Pompe Funèbre' [Funereal Pomp], etching and drypoint, 1913-1915.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Konstanty Brandel Muzeum Narodow w Warszawie, Galeria Szfuki Wspolczesnej. Warsaw Listopad- grudzien 1977. Prints cat no. 59


Ink; Paper


Etching; Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Fantasy; Cathedral


Death; Prints; Religion

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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