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#sinisterart @vivastory thanks for posting all those great images!One of my favorites is this reaction to the horrors of modern warfare circa WWI.Dix is one of my favorite artists, perhaps we have nightmares in common?😬🤔

vivastory Otto Dix is a favorite. I had also thought of posting the works of Kathe Kollwitz, who similarly memorably portrayed the horrors of war. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory yes! She is brilliant! 3mo
SamAnne Love Otto Dix. I have been loving your art posts! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Great artwork! Very sinister too indeed! 3mo
batsy Sinister is right @BarbaraBB ! This has made me stop and peer at it for awhile; thanks for sharing @Leftcoastzen 3mo
Reggie It‘s cool how the art itself looks like one of the cards they‘re playing. Like he‘s the queen of something. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Reggie love it !👸👑 3mo
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Pieter Bruegel | Larry Silver
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#SinisterArt Day 31
For the final day of my art postings, I have selected one of the more morbid works that I know of. Bruegel's Triumph of Death has struck me since I first saw it years ago & I I have seen it pop up a bit more over the past few years. Thanks to everyone who followed my postings.
Link to Prado Museum w/ zoom feature:

wanderinglynn How have I missed these posts?!? 🖌🎨 3mo
Bookwomble Nice work, Scott - these posts were fascinating 😊 3mo
Megabooks Great end to an interesting month! Thanks 👍🏻 3mo
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Leftcoastzen They have all been amazing! 3mo
BarbaraBB I have seen this work in the Prado, such an experience. Thank you for a month of sinister art, it‘s been fantastic 🖤 3mo
LeahBergen Awesome! I‘ve so enjoyed all your art posts. 🖤 3mo
Simona My first impression of this picture is perfect depiction of the atmosphere in 3mo
batsy @Simona Yes! 3mo
batsy I've really enjoyed your art posts! 💜 3mo
vivastory @Bookwomble @megabooks @leftcoastzen @barbarabb @leahbergen @batsy
Thanks for the kind words! There were several more paintings that I would have liked to share. Maybe next year!
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#SinisterArt Day 30
I tried to avoid posting the same artist more than once this month but I had to make an exception for this mysterious & unsettling work by Dragan Bibin.

Simona I just check his art, and I really like it! 3mo
batsy I felt a chill down my spine. I just finished Susan Hill's The Woman in Black and this is very evocative of that! 3mo
lele1432 Oh yes, I love this! 3mo
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vivastory @Simona He's a somewhat recent discovery for me. I've really enjoyed looking through his paintings/ 3mo
vivastory @batsy I haven't read that, but from what I have heard of the book I can def see it. Also, I think I heard that the Radcliffe adaptation is fairly faithful? 3mo
vivastory @lele1432 Don't go in there lol 3mo
sarahbarnes Wow. 😬😬 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s Spider … and he ain‘t going in there. 🤣 3mo
Reggie I can imagine the faint white outline of the Michael Meyer‘s mask barely peeking through. Lol nice 3mo
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#SinisterArt Day 29
16th C Dutch painter Jan Mandijn painted several fantastical nightmarish works based on The Temptation of St. Anthony.

Bookwomble Was there some hallucinogen in the water in 16th century Netherlands? 🤯 3mo
vivastory @Bookwomble I've wondered the same thing 🤔😅 3mo
Bookwomble @vivastory Maybe ergotism? But there was definitely something going on! 😄 3mo
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BarbaraBB I have never heard of him or seen his work! how can that be if he was Dutch? I need to check this out! 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB From what I can tell he has often been dismissed as being too derivative of Bosch. This seems to have effected his reputation. 3mo
BarbaraBB He does make me think of Bosch! 3mo
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Victor Brauner, Paintings | Victor Brauner, Hanover Gallery
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#SinisterArt Bonus Post
As I previously mentioned, I am fond of the Surrealist objects & as I have posted only one so far, here is another. Victor Brauner's Wolf-Table.

Megabooks As a vet, this made me think of those moments I thought I was restraining an animal better than I was and it turns around like that. 😂 3mo
vivastory @Megabooks 😂 My aunt was a vet & she had stories 3mo
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#SinisterArt Day 28
I love José Luis Lopéz Galván's spin on peripheral figures in the background of Bosch's The Adoration of the Magi. As Auden wrote in Musee des Beaux Arts :
About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along..

KathyWheeler That Auden poem is one of my absolute favorite poems. 3mo
vivastory @KathyWheeler Same here! Auden is great. 3mo
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batsy I've not seen this before! Quite unforgettable. That detail in the Bosch is also something I've forgotten. That's so quietly chilling... 3mo
KathyWheeler Another Auden favorite: I Have No Gun, But I Can Spit. https://allpoetry.com/I-Have-No-Gun,But-I-Can-Spit 3mo
vivastory @KathyWheeler That's a favorite of mine too! I also really like Funeral Blues & If I Could Tell You 3mo
KathyWheeler @vivastory I‘ll have to check those out. 3mo
vivastory @KathyWheeler I noticed that both are on the all poetry site. Enjoy! 3mo
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The Monk | Matthew Lewis
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#SinisterArt Day 27
The figure at the top has been used as the cover art for the tagged book, one of the most memorable Gothic novels I have ever read. Dierick Bouts' Hell is def. a good match for Lewis work. Link with zoom option:

TrishB This is a bonkers read! 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book!!! Art work again reminds me of Caravaggio 3mo
batsy Oh, cool! That is such a memorable cover of The Monk (I've yet to read it, though.) 3mo
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Bookwomble Reminds me of a holiday camp I went to as a kid 🤔 3mo
vivastory @TrishB @BarbaraBB I recall that the Vincent Cassel adaptation is worthwhile too 3mo
vivastory @batsy Isn't it a great cover? Oh, I definitely would be curious to see what you think of The Monk. It has all of the Gothic tropes, but it is much darker. Definitely my favorite Gothic novel 3mo
vivastory @Bookwomble Same, same 🤣 3mo
batsy @vivastory That's high praise! It's on my list and your enthusiasm makes me want to check it out sooner. Maybe I'll ring in the new year with a frightful Gothic bang 😆 3mo
vivastory @batsy An excellent idea! There are a few Gothic novels remaining on my TBR. I especially would like to read Radcliffe & Melmoth the Wanderer 3mo
batsy @vivastory I have Melmoth TBR. Re: Radcliffe, I loved Udolpho, it was just wild, & I think (hope) you'll like it, too! The Italian also has one of the most ghoulish monks I've ever encountered & you can't forget him. I'm keen to read The Romance of the Forest next. There's another book I have on my list because it apparently borrows from The Monk 3mo
vivastory @batsy Thanks for your input on Radcliffe! I'm often torn as to if I should start with Udolpho or The Italian, but I have been leaning a bit towards the former. I'd never heard of that Hoffman book before & I recently purchased The Sandman as a Little Black Classic. I've heard great things! 3mo
Bookwomble @batsy I have all the books you've both mentioned, though, naturally, I haven't read them all yet 🙄 I can thoroughly recommend The Sandman, though, as I did read that last year and it's fantastic, in all senses of the word. 3mo
batsy @Bookwomble @vivastory Glad to hear that about The Sandman! Since it's a short one, I might start there. 3mo
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Otto Dix | Sabine Gruber
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#SinisterArt Day 26 (Catchup Post: I lost track of time yesterday reading Henry James & today was busy w/ work)
Otto Dix, an Expressionist artist was viewed with immediate distrust by the Nazi Party & immediately labeled as a Degenerate Artist. His '33 painting The Seven Deadly Sins is an allegory of the Nazi Party. Some of his work was discovered only 10 years ago in the “Munich Art Hoard“

vivastory European & Non-European art was widely distributed across the globe as a result of the Nazi Party & WWII. This has been documented extensively & efforts of establishing provenance continue to this day. I have made multiple visits to the St Louis Art Museum which houses one of the greatest collections of German Expressionist collections in the world. 3mo
Kimberlone Sinister for sure! 😱 3mo
Reggie Yikes! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great! 3mo
Bookwomble Looks like Boris Johnson's such birthday party. 🎂 3mo
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Inferno | Dante
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#SinisterArt Day 25
I believe I have commented in a previous post about The Inferno that it has provided inspiration to more artists than nearly any other work of literature. I could have easily also selected a Gustave Dore illustration from Canto XXX, the same Canto that served as inspiration for William-Adolphe Bouguereau's painting. As Alexander Aciman explains in his guide through Inferno on The Paris Review, “Capocchio, one of Dante‘s

vivastory former classmates who was introduced in Canto 29, is the guy being bitten; Griffolino, another sinner who was introduced in 29, explains that the aggressor—the biter—is Gianni Schicchi, who, when he was on earth, pretended to be the late Buoso Donati in order to help his own family inherit a sum of money.“
If you decide to read The Inferno (it's wonderful) I think that the following recaps will prove helpful:
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Magpiegem Thank you I really enjoyed reading that recap 😊 3mo
Bookwomble What an incredible painting. My back hurts just looking at it! You're sharing some amazing artworks, Scott, which I'm really enjoying 😊 3mo
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vivastory @Magpiegem I thought it was helpful 👍 (edited) 3mo
vivastory @Bookwomble My back, my neck. Lol. Thanks for the compliment, I've enjoyed sharing these works with everyone 👏 3mo
Megabooks It almost looks like rape. Very provocative. 3mo
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#SinisterArt Bonus Post
Antonio Lopez Garcia's The Apparition

BarbaraBB Fantastic again. Hadn‘t heard of the artist before! Thanks! 3mo
Reggie Lol, crazy. Is the baby the apparition. Is the baby floating because of the apparition. And what‘s in the room?! This is great. 3mo
LeahBergen Creepy! 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB @reggie @leahbergen I'm glad you liked it! I thought it was wonderful. 3mo
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