DD17 – Three virtues
This engraving is a variation on a Chinese proverb stripped of all domesticity and moving on to stark tragedy. It is sometimes said that this is the most macabre work in the entire series. There’s a story behind it too. One of Delhez’s students had a brother who was studying to be a doctor. One day he brought a hand home to study it more closely. It was a dirty thing and it started to smell after a while. The student gave the hand to Delhez, thinking that his teacher could do something with it for an engraving. Delhez tried, but could barely contain his aversion, this was just a subject that didn’t fit his work, too repulsive and too theatrical. He returned the hand to the student and simply drew the hand of his wife Liske for this engraving of the three virtues.
This work was made in Chacras de Coria (Argentina) between the 28th of April and the 6th of June 1943.