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Yongbo Zhao, Ruhendes Mädchen

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Virginia Mori, Illustrator

Virginia Mori is very much in the style of Edward Gorey but much darker. See this link.

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Zdzislaw Beksinski from 1972

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Zdislav Beksinski, untitled, 1978, Utopian Realism

Beksinski must have painted the most frightening work aside from Geiger and Kupka. This is one of the less scary.

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Zdzisław Beksiński

1929-2005, Polish painter, murdered senselessly in one of those pointless types of hold-ups. His genre was Utopian Realism, similar to Fantastic Realism. This image pays image to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus rising from her oyster shell. (below).

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Arnold Böcklin, Isle of the Dead

Arnold Böcklin, (1827-1901) Swiss Symbolist painter. This is his most famous work. He painted beautiful mythological scenes and landscapes. This was one of my favorite paintings when I was young, Something right out of Shelley.

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Magritte, The Menaced Assassin, 1927

Though I’m not enamored of Magritte, this is his most spectacular painting and a work which reflects a lot of the aims and obsessions of Surrealism. (See more below). The Menaced Assassin is a fascinating work in its examination of dream … Continue reading

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Pieter BRUEGEL the Elder

Pieter BRUEGEL the Elder, The Triumph of Death  (detail), 1562. His painting was probably influenced by the entrance of the Spanish Inquisition into Netherlands. The 1550 “Edict of Blood”established the death penalty for Protestant heresies.

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