Releasing Butterflies in the San Francisco National Cemetary

Releasing Butterflies in the San Francisco National Cemetary

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This painting marks the end of the three paintings, which are dedicated to the victims of world war one. A very difficult theme, but also interesting to research. Two girls stand in the famous military graveyard of the San Francisco National Cemetary and release cages of Brimstrome butterflies. This symbolises a release  pf physical and psycological suffering. The Brimstone butterfly was mentioned in the book Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet on the western front) by Erich Remarque. I chose the San Francisco graveyard because of the almost painterly qualities of the white stones.