The Cemetery

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The Cemetery
Swedish: Kyrkogården
Hill kyrkogården.jpg
Artist Carl Fredrik Hill
Year 1877 (1877)
Location Malmö Art Museum, Malmö

The Cemetery (in Swedish: Kyrkogården) is an 1877 painting by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Hill. The painting is currently on display at the Malmö Art Museum in Sweden.

In the late fall of 1877 Hill suffered from a tense situation where he hovered between arrogance and deepest despair. The contact with the outside world, with his comrades, became less and less. His studio door in Paris was shut. In his Christmas letters to his family in Sweden from 1877 Hill recounts the motifs that had occupied him, as well as those he wanted to paint in the future, including a cemetery with a man standing in front of a cross adorned with a wreath.

A picture of the deepest sorrow and desolation. The lone figure's total isolation from the outside world is a dramatic and desperate moment.

The painting was painted shortly before the artist's collapse. It belonged to one of the 18 paintings that Hill wanted to show at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878.