Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Issue: Scary Paintings

If we think our movies and television shows are bad and grisly, get a load of this stuff done by some of the greatest. Warning: some of this is not for the faint of heart. It's all very maddening.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”                                                   —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Let's start with a mild one.
Head of a skeleton with a burning cigarette, Vincent Van Gogh 1886

Now I've had some scary dreams, but this one takes the cake. Look at that demon.

The Nightmare, John Henry Fuseli 1781

Remember not to call ole Saturn over to watch your first born! Pretty creepy.

Saturn, Jupiter's Father, devours his own son,
Peter Paul Rubens 1636-38
I've seen this one up close and personal. Even worse in real life. Considered very famous! It covers approximately 7ft x 12ft. What was in Bosch's head?

Garden of Earthly Delights, Hironymus Bosch Triptych 1480-1505
Close up of one little section: 

This is not "beam me up Scotty." Something's gone horribly wrong.

Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X,
Francis Bacon 1953
These are not folks you want over for dinner. Army of skeletons attacking peasants. I've also seen this one in person and you find yourself mesmerize. Every inch is incredulous. 

The Triumph of Death, Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1562
This is how my head feels when I have had too many glasses of my favorite vino. Oh it hurts so much.

Deterioration of Mind over Matter, Otto Rapp 1973
So when you feel our generation's media is getting out of hand, just remember, there's been awful, weird people before us!


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