Cultural Images of Wolves

(c) Salford Museum & Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Salford Museum & Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

I was sent this wonderfully gothic image of wolves recently and would like to use it for the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference. The title is ‘Famine’ and it is painted by John Charles Dollman (1904). Some people read it as a starvation of the human body, with its haunting vision of a shrouded death surrounded by hungry wolves. The artist, however, intended it to portray a famine of human spirit, or death of the soul after its neglect.

The painting is housed at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Prof. Garry Marvin, social anthropologist and Professor of human-animal studies at the University of Roehampton, will give something of an anthropological overview of the cultural images of the wolf and link this to the present-day issues of wolves re-emerging in different places in Europe at ‘Company of Wolves’ in September. Full details of talks and papers to follow shortly…prepare to be amazed (we have over fifty papers from around the world).

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire
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  1. firekrank says:

    That is beautiful. Incredibly eerie and Gothic.

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