Today I’m going to share some of my favorite scary art . . . and really there’s a lot of art to be afraid of in the world, I realize that, so I’m just sticking mostly with the classics. These are paintings I like or just find disturbing in a good, thoughtful way. Not disturbing like John Wayne Gacy paintings of clowns . . . shudder. So hopefully you’ll like these too. Maybe you can find prints of them to hang up in your own haunted house!
This is the classic Henry Fuseli “The Nightmare” and yes, it really has the essence of a nightmare – including a very scary horse head – brrrrr!
The next one is The Death of the Gravedigger by Carlos Schwabe. The model for the angel is said to be the artist’s wife. Nice. “Honey, I need a model for the angel of death and I thought you would be PERFECT!”
For some reason I find a lot of the symbolist paintings with water in them to be scary. This one is by Arnold Bocklin and it’s called “Triton and Neireid.” Arnold Bocklin actually has a lot of scary paintings. I picked this one because Triton reminds me of Medusa in “Clash of the Titans”
Okay, well at least they look related . . .
Here’s another scary water one . I mean is that mermaid a good mermaid or a bad mermaid? And where did the naked kid come from? It’s John Collier’s “Land Baby”. The Little Mermaid this is not.
Oh, and then there’s “Siegfreid and the Rhine Maidens” by Albert Pinkham Ryder. I guess this is the Rhine. If the Rhine is in Sleepy Hollow.
Of course we always have Edvard Munch who’s good for a scare. Here is his “Vampire.”
And there’s this poor bedeviled guy in Goya’s “Sleep of Reason” That cat in the corner looks a little guilty to me.
I’ve always found Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” pretty spooky too. Could be the pitchfork, could be the expressionless faces, maybe it’s that closed up house in the background, I don’t know. It wouldn’t suprise me if they had bodies buried somewhere on their property. That’s all I’m saying.
This creepy little painting is by John Everett Millais and is titled, “The Princes in theTower.” It’s a painting that depicts the sons of Edward IV. They are awaiting the assassins sent by Richard III. Millais painted these boys in front of a staircase which alludes to the discovery by workmen in 1674 of the skeletons of two children under a staircase in the Tower of London. He captured the tension perfectly.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with this creepy little guy – Odilon Redon’s “Smiling Spider”
Holy crap, that’s scary!