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Eugène Thivier’s Nightmare


October is the month of nightmares so now seemed a suitable moment to air this sculpture, The Nightmare (1894) by Eugène Thivier, which I’ve had bookmarked for some time. Thivier (1845–1920) seems to be one of those artists who produces a single striking work with little else in the oeuvre to match it. The subject is a familiar one, of course, a variation on the sleeper menaced by an incubus or other creature of the night. A previous October post was devoted to Fuseli’s celebrated painted version; similar pictorial examples abound but sculptures of the theme are scarce. Thivier’s work is in the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse. Wikimedia Commons has a few more photos of the poor woman and her nocturnal tormentor.



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Fuseli’s Nightmare



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2 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by The joey Zone


    !!! :o

    Le sommeil de la raison produit des monstres…

  2. #2 posted by hagai aviel


    in my humble opinion this creature of the night menacing the sleeper is manifestly a succubus complete with withered breasts and no male genitals, unless of course its a transitioning incubus…






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