Artwork of Deep Abyss

With Halloween celebrations now fully wrapped up, shorter days and darker nights, life is actually pretty scary. This week we look back at some of the dark arts: dark, supernatural and chilling works.

From fiends and death chants to screams and skulls, it’s time to get your history of the dark arts up to speed…just leave the lights on.

1. The Lady of Shalott

Tennyson’s popular poem informed the story of a cursed female with a doomed fate, and William Waterhouse’s 1888 painting records her in all her poetry and catastrophe. The affecting roadway to death for the Lady of Shalott is clear: the cold, grey skies and dark waters contrasted versus the white of the gown, the information of the tapestry, the life of a girl in the procedure of fading. We can simply about hear her as she sings her last tune – ‘a long-drawn carol, mournful, holy.’ A painting both creepy and lovely; a effective creative representation of a unwilling farewell.

William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott, 1888

2. The Nightmare

Henry Fuseli’s 1781 painting encapsulates the thematic richness of dark art, loaded with creative accuracy, and at least 3 concepts for potential Halloween outfits. With a satanicforce and a dark horse, it’s tough to inform if one oughtto hope for his subject to awake from her problem, or if it has currently endedupbeing her.

Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781

3. The Scream

Instantly identifiable as a modern-day icon, Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting – widely understood as The Scream – is deserving of a area on the frightening list. With a face extended to unreasonable percentages and a background that whirs in line with one’s senses, the cutting shock of a unexpected scream is practically concrete. Cover your ears!

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893

4. Weeping Woman

Picasso‘s reaction to the 1937 Nazi battle of Guernica inthemiddleof the Spanish Civil War was to paint an anti-war mural. Weeping Woman, the last of a series of paintings referencing this mural, represents universal suffering with a face of frightening disaster.

Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman, 1937

5. The Face of War

Painted in 1940 throughout the inter-war duration, this troubling, foreshadowing painting shows the injury, distortion and unlimited suffering of human violence. With withered skin, wispy vines and wilted sockets, Salvador Dali’s message is far from subtle: his impersonation of war is a dead guy, increased.

Salvador Dali, The Face of War, 1940

6. Electric Chair

A departure from his poppy representations of canned soup and Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol‘s 1964 screenprint of an electrical chair in the previous execution chambers of an American jail might double as a set on any scary motionpicture. The contrast of light and dark in Electric Chair, along with the large empty area brightened by Warhol’s structure, strengthens its status as extremely haunting.

Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1964

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