L’Envoûteuse (The Sorceress)

Georges Merle


The Sorceress was the artist’s submission to the Paris Salon exhibition of 1883. The commanding female figure in the act of performing a spell is likely a subject from literature, although the source has yet to be identified. The mysterious symbolism, including voodoo doll, pentacle, Egyptian imagery, and more, can be clarified when the origin of the story is known. Until then, the secrets of The Sorceress remain fascinating and perplexing.

  • Titles Une sorcière au xve siècle (A Fifteenth-century Sorceress) (Alternate)
  • Artist Georges Merle, French, 1851 - 1886
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 57 1/2 x 45 in. (146.1 x 114.3 cm) frame: 70 5/8 × 58 3/16 × 5 3/4 in. (179.4 × 147.7 × 14.6 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by the Children of the Vann Family: William O. Vann, Sally V. Worthen, Robert D. Vann, in memory of Suzanne Oliver Vann, AFI.2.2009
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings
  • On View