Antoine Joseph Wiertz (22 February 1806 – 18 June 1865) was a Belgian romantic painter and sculptor.art and culture, especially by the graphic work of Max Klinger. Many of his works from the 1850s have a social of philosophical message, often translated in delirious imagery, like Faim, Folie et Crime (“Hunger, Madness and Crime”, 1853), La Liseuse de Romans (“The Reader of Novels”, 1853), Le Suicide (“The Suicide”, 1854), L’Inhumation précipitée (“The premature burial”, 1854), Le Dernier Canon (“The last gun”, 1855)., Wiertz died in his studio. His remains were embalmed in accordance with Ancient Egyptian burial rites and buried in a vault in the municipal cemetery of Ixelles. Influenced mainly by Rubens and the late Michelangelo, Wiertz’ monumental painting often moves between classical academism and lurid romanticism, between the grandiose and the ridiculous. Although his work was often derided as art pompier, his pictorial language nevertheless preannounced symbolism and a certain kind of surrealism, two currents that would be very strong in Belgian painting.