Devil Pot (1897) Hugo Gerhard Simberg (1873-1917) was a Finnish symbolist painter and graphic artist. The two characters Simberg used most frequently for his art are the "Poor Devil" and Death personified. Simberg's paintings emphasize mainly topics macabre or supernatural. Kuolema kuuntelee ("Death Listens") (1897). The painting depicts Death, personified as a skeleton wearing a black coat, listening with a bowed head as a young man plays the violin. In the background, there is an old woman…
The Stream of Life; On the River of Life
The white-covered ferryman is guiding the boat into the distance with firm grip. He is carrying chronicles, symbols of wisdom, or open accounts and gathered experiences. Hugo Simberg was interested in the themes of life and death. The death figures in his works are not scary or grim, but rather familiar and gentle travelling companions for people. They are carrying out their melancholy task within human life. They are present in everyday life, and bring understanding to the last journey.