This painting by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl has been on my mind quite a bit lately; Souls on the Banks of the Acheron.

Sometimes that happens. I’ll see a painting and can’t get it out of my mind. I’ll find myself thinking about it when I go to sleep and then when I wake up, it pops into my head again. It is part of the magic of art, that it can live in your head after viewing it. It becomes more compelling the longer you dwell on it. It often leads me to do more research on the artist. So, I thought I would share a little bit about Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl in today’s post.

He was widely known in his lifetime and considered to be one of the great draftsmen of his day. Famous for his large-scale works. He was overshadowed in his circles by Klimt as he rose in prominence and then much of his work was held by his family until the 1980’s which led to a decline in the awareness of him and his works.

In my search for more on him, I found many studies. These are quite wonderful. Here is a selection of his drawings and paintings that I think are inspiring and lovely.

Look at the study for his masterwork, Souls on the Banks of the Acheron!

And this drawing study for the same painting!

Another beautiful study

I love this one!

Here are quite a few more for you to enjoy!


I love this little composition study! This figure study is stunning! And a couple paintings as well!

I hope more information and paintings come to the public light as Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl rises from obscurity. I also want to see some of his paintings in person!

Thank you for giving this post a read and I hope you found it inspiring!