Sunday, October 31, 2021

Ending Halloween on a creepy note...

While doing some Halloween research I came across this and it seems to me to be an appropriate way to end this creepy season.

This is the tomb and last resting place of Felix-Henri Bataille who died in 1922 at the young age of 49. I knew nothing about him but found that he was a famous French dramatist. His passion plays, based mainly on stifling social conventions, were extremely popular at the beginning of the 20th century.

Wanting to pay homage to the Renaissance, if and when he were to die, Bataille left precise instructions for the construction of his tomb. He was adamant that the placement of a copy of his favorite statue by Ligier Richer would be the first thing that visitors to the tomb would see and his instructions were followed precisely.

The first thing a visitor sees when approaching the tomb is a grinning cadaver in a state of advanced decomposition holding a human heart, (supposedly that of Bataille) aloft in one of its skeletal hands. 


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Yes, that is creepy but fitting for the day.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

That man had a weird sense of humour..,I guess that’s what it was.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

In a sense 'Bataille' wins the 'battle' of death.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I played for about 5 years. It got difficult with arthritic hands and back. It always inhabited my practicing, which is fairly essential on that instrument. I really enjoyed it for those 5 years though.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

That certainly was a very unusual memorial and quite fitting for this time of year.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Joared said...

Auite a statement!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Joared said...

Quite a statement!

2:00 PM  

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