Paintings That Show The Dark and Macabre Side of Art


There are painters that create happy and uplifting paintings, artists who create paintings with some kind of social message and artists who create darker and violent paintings with macabre themes. They state of mind of an artist plays a huge part in the nature of their paintings and they all have a reason for painting dark-themed pieces of art. Nobody does nothing without a good reason. Either it’s because an artist is schizophrenic and his mind is full of dark thoughts or they just want to make a point about society, they definitely have a good reason to be macabre.

1. Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare is a 1781 oil painting became so successful that it even used in political satire.


2. Saturn Devouring His Son is a 1636 painting by artist Peter Paul Rubens was influenced by Michelangelo’s style and influenced iteself Goya’s painting of the same subject.


3. The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is a depiction of wordly fleshy indulgence and other temptations that humans can’t resist to.


4. The Face of War by  Salvador Dali was completed between the end of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of the Second World War.


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