Check out the most brutal arts of all time
Art is not meant to be explained, because everyone sees it differently. But, sometimes we all see the horror as it is. The following popular artists must have been suffering from some terrible visions that inspired them to paint these brutal paintings. Are they highly artistic? Would you want something like this hanging on the walls of your living room? Take a look.
1 Andy Warhol “Big Electric Chair”
Andy Warhol, the super famous artist of pop art pictures of soup cans and the iconic Marilyn Monroe, seemed like he was having other types of aesthetic. He also did some darker works, including this chilling piece, Big Electric Chair. The painting is based on a photograph of the former execution chamber at Sing Sing prison in New York. If you are not familiar with the dark work of Warhol, you can seek his artworks featuring police photos of suicides and car fatalities.
2 Odilon Redon “Smiling Spider”
Mr. Redon wasn’t scared of spiders apparently. But, if you are, this painting is definitely a nightmare. This is just one of the few of his paintings displaying the emotions of a weirdly human-faced spider (still scary though). The painting is disturbing because… well a giant spider with spooky face and huge legs.
3 Francisco Goya “Saturn Devouring His Son”
In Greek mythology, the titan Cronus (Saturn in Roman texts), fearing that he would be overthrown by his children as he had usurped his own father, so he began swallowing each of them whole. (Later they were purged by Zeus, still alive). Goya painted this scene as a mural on the wall of his own house; a deranged-looking Cronus violently consumes them piece by piece instead.
4 Henri Fuseli “The Nightmare”
This is Fuseli’s most famous painting. Maybe for today’s standard, it looks a little like a cartoonish gremlin, but the dream-like, surreal quality of the piece has kept its legacy alive. Even during the artist’s lifetime, the work was so popular that he created an even creepier alternate version. But who are we kidding, this is scary.
5 Francis Bacon “Painting”
He was perhaps one of greatest painters of the 20th century, but for some people he was simply a complete madman. Francis Bacon’s work was dark and brutal. Painting, shows a butcher shop, and was created completely by accident, according to the artist himself. Originally the intention was to paint a chimpanzee, standing in tall grass and a bird landing nearby, but Bacon said that he then unintentionally made this painting. Not something anyone would hang on their walls.
6 Pieter Bruegel the Elder “The Triumph of Death”
As if the fact that we know that death wins always was not enough, we have to be reminded by this painting in a very disturbing way. An army of skeletons attacks peasants and royalty alike in Bruegel’s The Triumph of Death. Every piece of the painting presents some new horror committed by the army of death, and many easily missed details can be seen by looking at a full-sized representation of the piece. Although it’s commonly mistaken as being a depiction of the Black Plague, it was actually painted over 200 years later.
7 Théodore Géricault “Anatomical Pieces”
So, pretty much chopped off body parts (including a painting of a pair of severed heads) were painted by French artist Théodore Géricault. Guess what? All the paintings were based on real model remains Géricault acquired from the Paris Morgue.
8 Keith Thompson “Pripyat Beast”
The monster and creatures like this are the result of radiation from the Chernobyl disaster. One of the more bizarre compliments paid to this piece was when the SCP Foundation (a creative writing community centered around supernatural creature sightings) took it for their mascot and called it “SCP-682.” Thompson was known for painting creepy things (other famous disturbing painting of his is “Lily”).
9 Zdizslaw Beksinski “Trollforgatok”
He grew up in a country devastated by World War II that was later forcibly seized by the Soviet Union. You can only imagine what horror he must have witnessed during his early years. Zdizslaw was born in 1929, spent decades creating brutal images of fantasy realism until he was murdered in 2005 (he was stabbed 17 times). His most prolific period, in which he produced highly detailed images that he described that he was taking a photograph of his dreams, was from the 1960s to the 1980s.