"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster
"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster

"The Souls of Acheron" by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl Matte Poster

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The Souls of Acheron (1898)
by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl
Hungarian, 1860-1933

Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl was a Hungarian artist renowned for his historical and mythological paintings, particularly those related to ancient Rome. His work “The Souls of Acheron,” painted in 1898, is a vivid portrayal of the Greek mythological concept of the afterlife.

In this painting, Hirémy-Hirschl depicts the god Hermes, identifiable by his winged hat and dark blue robes, as he leads the recently deceased to the lower world. The scene is set on the banks of the River Acheron, known in mythology as the river of woe, one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld. The dead are shown pleading with Hermes to allow them to return to the upper world, but he ignores their cries as he strides through the bodies to meet Charon at the shore, who will ferry these souls across the river into the underworld.

Hirémy-Hirschl’s painting captures the essence of this mythology with a dramatic composition that emphasizes the contrast between the divine figure of Hermes and the despairing souls. The use of light and shadow, along with the somber color palette, evokes the emotional weight of the scene and reflects the artist’s skill in conveying narrative through visual art.

Matte Poster

Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink On archival matte paper Shipped in heavy duty poster tube Heavy weight (210 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.

  • Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink
  • On archival matte paper
  • Shipped in heavy duty poster tube
  • Heavy weight (210 gsm) and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.