Cemetery, Père Lachaise
17 3/4 x 25 7/8 in. (45.1 x 65.7 cm)
(Austrian Tyrol (now Meran, Italy), 1898 - 1962, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Watercolor on paper
Location: Not currently on view
Perhaps best known as the illustrator of the popular Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans breathes unexpected life into Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Established by Napoleon in 1803, the 125-acre cemetery is the final resting place of such famous figures as Héloise and Abelard, Honoré de Balzac, Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. At least six gendarmes are depicted in this watercolor, most giving directions to bewildered tourists and one giving chase to a dog on the loose.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]