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Lhermitte Death and Woodman

1910?  (Léon Augustin) Lhermitte, "Death and the Woodman."  Black-and-white photograph of "La Mort et le Bucheron."  Musée d'Amiens.  #18.  "L.L."  Paris: Levy and Neurdein Réunis.  $8 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne Ricouart, France, Sept., '18. 

Here, I would say, is realistic painting at its best.  The fable's elements are there, including the woodsmen's load of collected wood, his wooden shoes, and death's white shroud.  The positioning of the photograph on the card is surprising.  This card was not addressed or sent through the mail.