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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Tuesday Top 10: MORE Scary Paintings!

About a year and a half ago, I put together a list of the Top 10 Scariest Paintings which remains one of the most popular posts I've ever done, receiving daily visitors to this day. So, figured I, why not dig back into the mists of time once again for ten more deeply disturbing works of fine art with which to thoroughly creep you out for the day? Certainly beats writing for a living! So, I hope you enjoy this second twisted look inside the mind of man...

10. The Adoration of the Magi. Hieronymus Bosch, 1510

9. Journey of the Wounded Healer. Alex Gray, 1985

8. Reflection. Lucien Freud, 1985

7. Island of the Dead. Arnold Boecklin, 1883

6. Mask Still Life III. Emil Nolde, 1911

5. Masks as Ruins. Otto Dix, 1946

4. Jean Michel Basquiat. Riding with Death, 1988

3. The Smiling Spider. Odilon Redon, 1881

2. The Temptation of St. Anthony. Matthias Grunewald, 1515

1. Pope Innocent X. Francis Bacon, 1953

17 comments:

Kevin Maher said...

These are fantastic. I was surprised you didn't include anything by Goya -- but I see you had "Saturn" in the first post.

Chris Hallock said...

Oh yeah, some great stuff here, B-Sol! I'm forever obsessed with Bosch. That Basquiat is great and I love The Smiling Spider!

I came across a local artist here in Boston that I think you'll appreciate. I'll see if I can dig up his work.

B-Sol said...

Yes, and there was also a great piece of his I wanted to include called "Sleep of Reason", but technically it's an etching, and I decided to limit it strictly to paintings.

B-Sol said...

Awesome, Chris! I really think that Smiling Spider must've been an influence on some of the more surreal cartoon animators of the early 20th century. And Bosch is a fave of mine as well--they have one of his by me at the Yale Art Gallery.

Chris Hallock said...

B-Sol, I have a vague feeling I've seen a very similar spider in some short animation piece from some time ago and probably on HBO when they had odd short films between the feature stuff.

Or maybe like some late night cable show on USA or something. Hmmm.

Missy Y. (formerly A Case of You) said...

Francis Bacon freaks me out--like majorly. Every single time I go to MoMA, I see that one with the monkey (and I feel like an asshole right now because I studied art history, and I can't remember the name), and I actually feel so uncomfortable that I can't look at it for more than a second or two.

In other news: we are all huge dorks.

Joe Monster said...

Awesome art you have lined up here, B-Sol. Personally I felt that the "Island of the Dead" painting was the most disturbing. There's just something about how desolate and otherwordly it looks that strikes a cord in me. Wasn't this featured to some extent in the Karloff/Lewton vehicle "Isle of the Dead"? For some reason I wanna say that the titular landscape was modeled after the painting.

B-Sol said...

Missy, for the record, I think the name of that piece is actually "The One with the Monkey". Or, at least, it should be.

Thanks, Joe. If that painting did inspire the movie, it would be one more reason to love both. As for my pick, I have to stick with Pope Innocent as the most disturbing. I wouldn't be surprised if a wee Clive Barker caught a glimpse of that one when he was still in short pants...

Andre said...

Awesome! I must share with you the painting that scarred me as a young pup.

http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/graphics/Watson_and_the_Shark.jpg

Behold! Watson and the Shark. It's at the MFA here, and I remember just standing there transfixed at horrible and scary it was. It did nothing to end my fear of sharks, I'll tell ya that.

Pax Romano said...

Wonderful pics, but I've always found Bosch's Adoration of the Magi, more surreal than anything. Still, one man's surreality is an others horror!

Paige M said...

Clowns freak me right the fuck out!

DIRTY SHORTS said...

very cool stuff !
:-)

the jaded viewer said...

I want the smiling spider as my wallpaper

B-Sol said...

Andre, no wonder you're afraid of sharks, holy crap!!

Pax, that one is definitely more on the bizarre side than anything else.

Paige, I guess you got freaked out by all those crying clown paintings then? lol

Jaded, I also want it as my wallpaper. For my living room.

Atroxion said...

The Smiling Spider really creeps me out...

ZedWord said...

Yeah, my nightmares look like a Grunewald painting.

Is it just me, or does that painting from Bacon look like something out of Ghostbusters? The Ghost Pop is being sucked into the trap!

B-Sol said...

I can definitely see that! I kind of see it more as something out of Hellraiser, though.

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