About the work
This series features anonymous graves and monuments at Le Père Lachaise, and identified gravesites of the following people: Allan Kardec, Guillaume Apollinaire, Anna de Brancovan, Edith Piaf, Frederick Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Théodore Géricault, Georges Seurat, Honoré de Balzac, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Raymond Roussel.
Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the most visited sites in Paris which was laid out in the early years of the nineteenth century according to the designs of Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart. Francis Wishart has depicted several of the numerous monuments in Père Lachaise, some commemorating famous musicians, thinkers and writers, and others which have become anonymous memorials. Some are well-tended, others have fallen into disrepair; both appeal to the artist, whose interest in the dilapidated monuments can be traced back to the eighteenth-century tradition of the picturesque.
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