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German Guard with Skeletons Smelling an Edelweiss, 1945

Identifier: M456.02.0004.0071


Two drawings of the same composition, a sinister scene rendered in the manner of Goya’s “Disasters of War” etchings depicting a smiling German guard sniffing an edelweiss flower standing in front of dead and dying skeletal prisoners.


  • 1945


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From the Collection: 8.58 Linear Feet (7 containers)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection consists of photographs, artist tools, climbing tools, biographical clippings, articles, artowrk, and photographs.


9 x 12.625 inches, Pen and Ink


Signature/Markings: The first signed lower right and dated 1945 lower right, with pencil notation “study for skull” next to sketch of skull in lower margin, the second signed and dated 1945 lower right.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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