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Creepy Art We Love
Halloween is so much more than a day filled with trick-or-treating, ghost stories, costumes and gatherings. Halloween represents the creepy, the crawly, the things that make the hair on our arms stand up.
And, as artists and art lovers, what signifies Halloween can be found in famous works throughout art history — in spades! I mean, just take a look at ol’ Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son, and you will see what I mean. (Yikes!)
Since the actual holiday is just a few days away, we thought it would be only fitting to put an artsy spin on it by doing a roundup of some of the scariest works of art. Get ready, artists, because you’re in for a “treat.” Enjoy!
The Face of War — Salvador Dalí
Talk about the ultimate creep factor. It is a perfect example of why I avoid looking at the monsters in ANY horror film. But, let’s be honest, I avoid watching horror films in general.
Nymph and Satyr — Dosso Dossi
I am not completely sure what the story is behind this piece, but the face of the person on the left says it all. Actually, my expression pretty much mirrors the woman’s in this painting right now.
The Silver Tureen — Jean Siméon Chardin
Uhm, I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t pose dead animals as the subject of my still lifes. The cat seems to enjoy it though.
The Nightmare — Henry Fuseli
Have you ever had a goblin-on-steroids, creep-to-the-max creature sitting on you while a white-eyed, undead horse peers through your curtain? Me either — that I know of; seems like it wouldn’t be that great, though.
The Cyclops — Odilon Redon
OK, is it just me, or does this Cyclops look pretty friendly — and sort of adorable? I mean, it appears to be smiling with its eye so that part is a plus … but still, disturbing.
The Garden of Earthly Delights — Heironymous Bosch
There is a whole lot of crazy happening in Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights — especially this panel, which is said to depict the “Prince of Hell,” aka that creepy bird person-thingy who is devouring a human while tiny birds appear to be flying out of the person’s … you know. No thank you.
Young Holding his Dead Daughter in his Arms — Pierre-Auguste Vafflard
“Don’t mind me. I am just going to bury this body now.” Not only is this a morbid moment to capture, but it is also quite sad considering this is depicting a man burying his daughter.
Small Portrait of a Girl in Yellow — Paul Klee
Does this portrait need an explanation? I am just going to let you be the judge.
Judith Beheading Holofernes — Artemisia Gentileschi
Wonder if this painting was, in part, inspired by Gentileschi’s frustration over male artists getting all the recognition back in the day? Nonetheless, Holofernes seems to be having quite a bad day here.
Saturn Devouring his Son — Francisco Goya
It just wouldn’t be a roundup of creepy art if you didn’t include this spine-chilling work of art. Saturn must really hate kids…
And to wrap it up, check out this haunting artwork. Happy Halloween, artists!
What is your favorite spooky work of art? Tell us in the comments!