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Inspired by the Charitable de Saint Eloi brotherhood in Bethune which exist since 1188, the plague era when no one wanted to take care of ill and dead people. The Charitable, under the protection of St Eloi buried people. After the plague era they carried on and still carrying on, consoling the dying and buring the dead of the poorest families.
There are other brotherhoods of this kind, especially in the north of France.
LES CHARITABLES, 95/50cm, acrylique sur bois, 2017 ( CONTACT )