The Bloody Cortège by Henry de Groux



This is a lithograph depicting a group of soldiers and a wounded man being carried on a stretcher, by the Belgian symbolist painter and sculptor Henry de Groux (1886-1930).

Images of the war that appeared in newspapers made a deep impression on de Groux. The things he saw and his own experiences urged him to create a series of drawings, etchings and lithographic prints about the atrocities of the conflict.


Lithographie représentant un groupe de soldats et un blessé allongé sur une civière.

Henry de Groux était un peintre et sculpteur symboliste belge. Profondément touché par les images de guerre parues dans les journaux, il consacra une série de dessins, eaux-fortes et lithographies aux ravages de la guerre.

Full title
The bloody cortège
Illustration / Lithograph
Henry de Groux
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Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
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