Santiago Rusiñol occasionally visited Tarragona to visit his friend, the artist and critic Josep Yxart, who was unwell at that time. His deep feeling for the symbolic world and thoughts about the death and disappearance of loved ones led him to take frequent walks around the cemetery and to paint about such themes. The painting “Pulvis, cineris, nihil”, and the burning of some old coffins, with a striking and almost avant-garde perspective, bears witness to these visions of the city of the dead. Joan Ruiz i Porta was archivist and president of the Ateneu Tarraconense, an intellectual activist to whom the painter dedicated this painting.

Year 1894

Oil on canvas

97x137 cm

Santiago Rusiñol, 1861 - 1931