Classic artworks depicting death reimagined by Marie Curie in new exhibition

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to highlight End of Life Care. A first of its kind exhibition launches later this week, displaying a series of classic artworks depicting the end of life by artists including Edvard Munch and Ary Scheffer, which have been reimagined to feature real life Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants. The artworks were commissioned by the UK’s leading end of life charity Marie Curie as part of its Great Daffodil Appeal, its biggest annual fundraising event.

The nursing team members are depicted in the paintings, alongside the charity’s famous daffodil, providing care and support to the dying and those close to them. The images serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of end of life care, as currently one in four people don’t get the end of life care they need.

The charity – which provides expert end of life care for people with any illness they are likely to die from – has commissioned British artist Lisa Buchanan, also known as Dangerosa, to create The Daffodil Collection. Buchanan has assisted Damien Hirst, Lakwena and Sir Michael Craig-Martin, and used to work for Marie Curie for several years.

Recent polling by the charity revealed that over a third of Brits (38 per cent)1 agree they do not know what end of life support and services are available in the UK, and 43 per cent of people surveyed do not know that end of life care can be received from home.2

The exhibition features four world-famous paintings including artworks by Nils Dardel and Ary Scheffer. In Munch’s The Dead Mother and the Child a Marie Curie Healthcare Assistant is seen washing someone in bed as a Marie Curie Registered Nurse comforts their daughter, while in Dardel’s The Dying Dandy a Marie Curie Senior Nurse is seen administering an oxygen mask to the patient in his final moments.

Four real life Marie Curie Nursing team members and a Healthcare Assistant feature in the scenes, including Senior Nurse Janet Wishart-Turner who is part of the Hospice Care at Home service in Grampian, providing care that’s needed for any patients overnight in the community. Also featured is Registered Nurse Zeb Un-Nisa Ali who joined the charity’s Bradford hospice as a student in January 2021.

Senior nurse, Isaac Otengo looks at a reimagined version of Nils Dardel’s ‘The Dying Dandy’ by Lisa Buchanan. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The paintings will be on display to visitors for one day only in a special new exhibition at a Mayfair Gallery at 56 Conduit Street on Thursday 14th March from 10am-6pm. Following the London exhibition the paintings will be auctioned off.

Nurse, Zeb Un Nisa-Ali looks at a reimagined version of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Dead Mother and The Child’ by Lisa Buchanan. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign of the year. Held every March, people are encouraged to donate and wear a daffodil pin to help the charity continue to support people with any illness they’re likely to die from.

                       Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire


Paintings in the collection include;

  • The Dead Mother and the Child by Edvard Munch (1897), featuring Marie Curie Healthcare Assistant Wendy Phillips, (Hospice care at home, Swansea Bay, Wales) caring for the patient in bed and Marie Curie Registered Nurse Zeb Un-Nisa Ali (Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford, England) comforting the child.
  • By the Death Bed by Edvard Munch (1896), with Marie Curie Senior Nurse Janet Wishart-Turner (Hospice care at home, Grampian, Scotland) providing emotional support to family and friends.
  • The Death of Gericault by Ary Scheffer (1824), with Marie Curie Registered Nurse Rebecca Jennings (Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast, Northern Ireland) making the patient more comfortable in his final hours
  • The Dying Dandy by Nils Dardel (1918), Marie Curie Senior Nurse Isaac Otengo (Urgent Hospice care at home, Bromley, England) administering an oxygen mask on the patient

Maria Novell, chief innovation, income and engagement officer at Marie Curie, said: “The fact that one in four people still don’t get the end of life care they need is a shocking statistic. The purpose of the Daffodil Collection is to highlight the invaluable role Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants play providing care, comfort and support in people’s final years, months, weeks and days of life, or when bereaved.

“Reimagining these world-renowned artworks for our Great Daffodil Appeal demonstrates what every donation to the appeal helps fund and how it can make a big difference to people’s lives and those close to them. I’d encourage everyone to support this year’s appeal in any way they can either by donating wearing one of our iconic daffodil pins, heading to visit the exhibition or by holding their own fundraising event. We need the dedicated support from people across the UK to continue our vital work and ensure that whatever the illness, wherever you are, we’re with you to the end.”

Artist Lisa Buchanan said “From previous experience I truly understand that the work done by Marie Curie to support those during such a difficult time of their lives is incredible. When they asked me to bring that work to light within these paintings I jumped at the chance to get involved. Throughout the process I got to know the fantastic nurses who feature in the paintings and learn more about the important work they do on a daily basis, and I can’t wait for people to see their vital work at the exhibition.”

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal takes place throughout March and encourages people to donate and wear a daffodil to help the charity continue to support people with any illness they’re likely to die from. For information and to donate visit:

The Daffodil Collection is free to visit at 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2YZ, from 10am-6pm on Thursday 14th March.


About the research

Polling research completed by Opinion Matters among a sample of 2001 UK adults – nationally representative by age, gender and region (16+). The data was collected between 15.09.23 – 18.09.23. Opinion Matters abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society and follows the MRS code of conduct which is based on the ESOMAR principles and are members of The British Polling Council.

[1] 38.13% (somewhat or strongly agree with the statement: I have no idea what services are available at the end of life) x 54,711,707 (ONS 2021 16+ midyear population estimate) = 20,861,574

[2] Inverse figure of those who selected ‘At home’ when asked: Where, if anywhere, do you believe people can receive end of life care? (Tick all that apply) (56.97%)

About Marie Curie

  • Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity.
  • The charity provides expert end of life care for people with any illness they are likely to die from, and support for their family and friends, in our hospices and where they live.  It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK, and campaigns to ensure everyone has a good end of life experience. Whatever the illness, we’re with you to the end.
  • If you’re living with a terminal illness or have been affected by dying, death and bereavement, Marie Curie can help. Visit or call the free Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309.

About the artist

Lisa Buchanan, also known as Dangerosa, is a British contemporary artist whose career as an artist is as colourful as her work. She was born and raised in the industrial North of England, with dual Cypriot and Baltic heritage helping her to create a diverse sense of identity from a young age.

Instilled with a strong work ethic and a respect for all forms of art, she found inspiration from absorbing different artistic disciplines and cultures, from music to film to mythology.

Her surrealist work with its punk mentality is informed by alternative subcultures and symbolism, drawing from these topics that speak fluently through her art. A self-taught painter, she displayed an early talent for creating surrealist art and at the age of 18 made the first in a long line of collaborations, with the group Dolium.

Taking her love of art into her education, she studied Fine Art Design at Huddersfield University. After completing the course with first class honours, she was employed in various industries before beginning a career as a specialist painter to high-profile artists. Blooming in this specialised practice she went on to master a photorealistic technique while continuing to develop her own artistic style and unique voice. The result is a blend of surrealism and photorealism, with cinematic storytelling and complex characterisations which explore the depth and breadth of what it feels to be human.

Storytelling is integral to Dangerosa’s work. Her pieces spin narratives with the sharp kaleidoscopic vision of a dream coloured in the contemporary style that is so much her own. The span of her work includes music, video and book projects, solo and group exhibitions, features in publications, bespoke pieces for private collectors, and art production for some of the most high profile artists in the industry today such as Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Lakwena and Damien Hirst.

Dangerosa is currently based in London. She is represented by Kei London Fine Art Agency.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is live until the end of March – donate and find out more at


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