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French painter Edouard Manet's grim piece 'Le Suicide'.
Halloween art? Humbug! Let’s just make you queasy on the inside.
It’s not all about the spooky thrills during Halloween. In the art scene, there’s the obvious blood and gore to keep horror fans coming back for more.
But let’s leave the ketchup-splattered Dracula fangs and plastic axes for the school Halloween party night. Our Halloween art list – brief as it may be – is all about unsettling you from the inside.
We’ve decided to stretch the “disturbing” part in art – complete with all the psychotic brushwork, pyschological drama and quietly violent edges.
Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya is quite to the go-to person for drip-drop bloody art. His piece Saturn Devouring His Son is some tasty chewy work to ... err, bite into.
As the story goes in Greek mythology, the titan Cronus (Saturn in Roman texts), fearing that he would be overthrown by his children (as he had usurped his own father), began devouring each of them whole.
(Spoiler: the good news is they are later purged, still alive, by Zeus.) However, in Goya’s take on the tale, a deranged-looking Cronus violently consumes them piece by piece instead.
French painter Edouard Manet isn’t your usual suspect in the traditional Halloween type sweepstakes? But his work Le Suicide – from the 1870s – is as grim as it gets.
The realism of Le Suicide has sparked rumours that it depicts an actual suicide, but the subject, if any, is not known. Some say it was inspired by an assistant of Manet who committed suicide in Manet’s studio more than a decade earlier.
With this morbid piece on your wall, you’re bound to have those pesky trick or treat kids running for their lives.
In Escale’s hands, these old black and white portraits, depicting a cold Catholic iconography, turn out with very different results and interpretations.
They shift between contemplative saints and martyrs, prostitutes and dead brides right to white ladies (those spectral beings of Central European mythology which were supposed to be female spirits wandering the lakes and mountains after untimely death before a wedding, suicide after rape, or some other prenuptial tragedy).
The game is really over when you say “I do” in Escale’s world.
His series entitled, Blood Piss Blues, definitely matched its description – with the use of blood and urine. With his incredibly detailed psychedelic art of violent geishas, smoking monkeys, and other apocalyptic images, Quesada’s blood-laced masterpieces are definitely worth the shock value.
He is the mastermind behind classics like Gyo, Tomie and Uzumaki. Human teenagers turn into snails in Uzumaki. A caterpillar grows from an old man’s hair. The rest of Ito’s manga, whether complete volumes or one-shots, are a menagerie of beautifully sullen, dazzlingly psychotic artwork with chilling writing.
But it’s his pyschological drama that really hits home – without the need for blood and gore.
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