1.  Death of Ellenai, 1883, oil on canvas by Jacek Malczewski, Polish painter and graphic artist, 1854-1929.
  This painting was inspired by the poem Death of Anhelli by Juliusz Slowacki. The woman represents Poland and the subdued colors enhance the melancholy thoughts of losing hope for Poland’s rebirth.
Malczewski was one of the most revered painters of Poland and was associated with the Young Poland movement. He is regarded as the father of Polish symbolism.  

     Death of Ellenai, 1883, oil on canvas by Jacek Malczewski, Polish painter and graphic artist, 1854-1929.

      This painting was inspired by the poem Death of Anhelli by Juliusz Slowacki. The woman represents Poland and the subdued colors enhance the melancholy thoughts of losing hope for Poland’s rebirth.

    Malczewski was one of the most revered painters of Poland and was associated with the Young Poland movement. He is regarded as the father of Polish symbolism.  

  2.    The Ghost Story by Robert William Buss, 1804-1875, British Victorian  artist, etcher and illustrator.
  Most of us like to turn the lights low and snuggle up with a good scary book until, maybe, an odd sound distracts us and then….  

       The Ghost Story by Robert William Buss, 1804-1875, British Victorian  artist, etcher and illustrator.

      Most of us like to turn the lights low and snuggle up with a good scary book until, maybe, an odd sound distracts us and then….  

  3. femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)
The year before Gustave Doré painted L’Énigme, 1870, may sound familiar; the Franco-Prussian war (in which the French fared relatively poorly) happened in 1870 and early 1871.
With that context in mind, the subject of Doré’s bleak painting ought not to come as a surprise.
Looking at the canon and the soldiers, this might seem to be a battleground—yet a little family also lies dead, heaped among the other bodies.
The winged woman with the sphinx, the Musée d’Orsay asserts, represents France—I lean towards seeing her as Nike, goddess of victory (with her wings and laurel wreath), supplanted as much as she is supported by the canny and riddling sphinx.
As in the Franco-Prussian war, technology has triumphed.
The Musée d’Orsay writes that, “according to the catalogue for the sale of the artist’s studio in 1885, Doré had taken inspiration for his painting from two verses of a poem by Victor Hugo:
'Ode to the Arc de Triomphe' (Inner Voices, 1837):'What a spectacle! Thus dies everything that man creates!A past such as this is a deep abyss for the soul!’”

    femme-de-lettres:

    Large (Wikimedia)

    The year before Gustave Doré painted L’Énigme, 1870, may sound familiar; the Franco-Prussian war (in which the French fared relatively poorly) happened in 1870 and early 1871.

    With that context in mind, the subject of Doré’s bleak painting ought not to come as a surprise.

    Looking at the canon and the soldiers, this might seem to be a battleground—yet a little family also lies dead, heaped among the other bodies.

    The winged woman with the sphinx, the Musée d’Orsay asserts, represents France—I lean towards seeing her as Nike, goddess of victory (with her wings and laurel wreath), supplanted as much as she is supported by the canny and riddling sphinx.

    As in the Franco-Prussian war, technology has triumphed.

    The Musée d’Orsay writes that, “according to the catalogue for the sale of the artist’s studio in 1885, Doré had taken inspiration for his painting from two verses of a poem by Victor Hugo:

    'Ode to the Arc de Triomphe' (Inner Voices, 1837):
    'What a spectacle! Thus dies everything that man creates!
    A past such as this is a deep abyss for the soul!’”

    (via baffomet)

  4.  Die Letzte Reise (The Last Journey), pen and quill pen illustration by Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin, Austrian, 1877-1959. 
  Death with his scythe takes a slow stroll toward his victim. 

     Die Letzte Reise (The Last Journey), pen and quill pen illustration by Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin, Austrian, 1877-1959. 

      Death with his scythe takes a slow stroll toward his victim. 

  5.  Wassergeist (Water Ghost), 1905, oil by Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin, Austrian printmaker and illustrator. 1877-1959. Kubin’s realm was Symbolism and Expressionism.
  During the World War II years, the Nazis called his work “degenerate.”

  

     Wassergeist (Water Ghost), 1905, oil by Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin, Austrian printmaker and illustrator. 1877-1959. Kubin’s realm was Symbolism and Expressionism.

      During the World War II years, the Nazis called his work “degenerate.”

      

  6.  Pharaoh’s Army Engulfed in Red Sea, oil on canvas, 1900, by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, American, 1847-1928. Private Collection.
  Bridgman was known for his oriental subjects.

     Pharaoh’s Army Engulfed in Red Sea, oil on canvas, 1900, by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, American, 1847-1928. Private Collection.

      Bridgman was known for his oriental subjects.

  7.   “There Cap’n Goldsack goes, creeping, creeping, creeping. Looking for his treasure down below.”
  Illustration of a pirate ghost by Howard Pyle, American writer and illustrator, 1853-1911. Image used for Blueskin, the Pirate from Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact and Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main by Pyle.
 Originally published in story, Cap’n Goldsack, by William Sharp in Harper’s Magazine, July 1902.

      “There Cap’n Goldsack goes, creeping, creeping, creeping. Looking for his treasure down below.”

      Illustration of a pirate ghost by Howard Pyle, American writer and illustrator, 1853-1911. Image used for Blueskin, the Pirate from Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact and Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main by Pyle.

     Originally published in story, Cap’n Goldsack, by William Sharp in Harper’s Magazine, July 1902.

  8.  Dolmen, 1900-1902, by Alfred Kubin, Austrian printmaker, illustrator and sometimes writer. Albertina museum, Vienna, Austria.
  Dolmen is painted from India Ink, wash, spray paint and white body color.

     Dolmen, 1900-1902, by Alfred Kubin, Austrian printmaker, illustrator and sometimes writer. Albertina museum, Vienna, Austria.

      Dolmen is painted from India Ink, wash, spray paint and white body color.

  9. ordopraedicatorum:

Cristóbal de Villalpando, - Saint Rose Attacked by the Devil

(Note: Mexican artist Villalpando, 1649-1714, was an arts administrator and captain of the guard who painted in the Baroque style. His works may be found in cathedrals in Mexico. — shadesandshadows) 

    ordopraedicatorum:

    Cristóbal de Villalpando, - Saint Rose Attacked by the Devil

    (Note: Mexican artist Villalpando, 1649-1714, was an arts administrator and captain of the guard who painted in the Baroque style. His works may be found in cathedrals in Mexico. — shadesandshadows

    (Source: cristobaldevillalpando.com, via fragilityofart)

  10.  Défense de la porte de Longboyau au château de Buzenval, oil on canvas by Alphonse de Neuville, French academic painter, 1835-1885.
 The defense at the gate of the Longoyau chateau on Oct. 21, 1870, was part of the fight to protect Paris in the Franco-Prussian War.
  de Neuville captured the history in paint from the Franco-Prussian War as well as the Crimean and Zulu wars.

     Défense de la porte de Longboyau au château de Buzenval, oil on canvas by Alphonse de Neuville, French academic painter, 1835-1885.

     The defense at the gate of the Longoyau chateau on Oct. 21, 1870, was part of the fight to protect Paris in the Franco-Prussian War.

      de Neuville captured the history in paint from the Franco-Prussian War as well as the Crimean and Zulu wars.

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Many classical writers and artists explored misty shades and shadows of the supernatural. Others chronicled myths and legends.
This is a collection of writers and artists who illustrated these dark themes.

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AUTHORS AND ARTISTS:
· Adolf Hiremy Hirschl
· Adolph von Menzel
· Adriaen Brouwer
· Adriaen van de Venne
· Albert Ludovici
· Albert Welti
· Albrecht Durer
· Alessandro Magnasco
· Alexander Litovchenko
· Alexander Nasmyth
· Alexander Ver Huell
· Alexandre Cabanel
· 
Alexandre Colin
· Alfred Elmore
· Alfred Kubin
· Alfred Stevens
· Allegory
· Alphonse de Neuville
· Anders Zorn
· Angelica Kauffmann
· Anonymous
· Antoine Wiertz
· Anton Pieck
· Arnold Bocklin
· Artur Grottger
· Arthur Hacker
· Arthur Hughes
· Arthur Rackham
· August Bromse
· Auguste Raffet
· Augustus Leopold Egg
· Augustus Mulready
· Austin Osman Spare
· Benigne Gagneraux
· 
Biblical Themes
· Book Covers
· Book of Hours
· Bram Stoker
· Briton Riviere
· Camille Corot
· Caravaggio
· Carl Herpfer
· Carlos Schwabe
· Caspar David Friedrich
· Cemetery Sculptures
· Charles Deas
· Charles Dickens
· Charles Doyle
· Charles Landseer
· Charles West Cope
· Charlotte Bronte
· Charon
·  Claudius Jacquand
· Consolation
· Crypts
· Dance of Death
· Daniel Maclise
· Dante Rossetti
· David Teniers the Younger
· Divine Comedy
· Domenico Feti
· Dreams
· Druids
· Edgar Allan Poe
· Edmund Blair Leighton
· Edmund Dulac
· Edouard Cibot
· Edouard Hamman
· Edouard Manet
· Edouard Rosset Granger
· Edvard Munch
· Edward Bulwer Lytton
· Edward Burne Jones
· Edward Gorey
· Edward Matthew Ward
· Edwin Landseer
· Egbert van der Poel
· Egyptian Themes
· Elihu Vedder
· Emanuel Leutze
· Emily Bronte
· Ernst Ferdinand Oehme
· Erskine Nicol
· Eugene Delacroix
· Eugene Grasset
· Evelyn de Morgan
· Executions
· Fear
· Ferdinand Keller
· Ferdinand Waldmuller
· F.H. Townsend
· Fire
· Firs Zhuravlev
· Folklore
· Francesco Guardi
· Francis Danby
· Francisco deZurbaran
· Francisco Goya
· Francois Biard
· Frank Dicksee
· Frank Holl
· Frederic George Cotman
· Frederick Coffay Yohn
· Frederick Lord Leighton
· Frederick Walker
· Gabriel Max
· Gaston Leroux
· George Bernard O'Neill
· George DuMaurier
· George Elgar Hicks
· George Frederick Watts
· Georges de Latour
· Ghosts
· Girodet Trioson
· 
Giovanni Baglione
· Guercino
· Gustave Courbet
· Gustave Courtois
· Gustave Dore
· Hans Baldung Grien
· Hans Holbein the Younger
· Hansom cab
· Harper's Weekly
· Harrison Ainsworth
· Haunted Places
· Heinrich Burkel
· Henri Latour
· Henri Regnault
· Henry Courtney Selous
· Henry Fuseli
· Henry James
· Herbert Dicksee
· Herbert Draper
· Hieronymous Bosch
· Horace Vernet
· Howard Pyle
· Hughes Merle
· Hugo Simberg
· Ilya Repin
· Image
· Ireland
· Isle of the Dead
· Ivan Aivazovsky
· Jacek Malczewski
· Jack the Ripper
· Jacques Callot
· Jakub Schikaneder
· James Tissot
· James William Carling
· Jan Beerstraten
· Jan Brueghel
· Jan Steen
· Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
· Jean Baptiste Corot
· Jean Beraud
· Jean Francois Millet
· Jean Gericault
· Jean Leon Gerome
· Jean Paul Laurens
· Johan Malmstrom
· Johann Von Goethe
· John Atkinson Grimshaw
· John Baptist de Medina
· John Buchan
· John Collier
· John Downman
· John Martin
· John Edmund Buckley
· John Everett Millais
· John Milton
· John Singleton Copley
· John William Waterhouse
· Joseph Farquharson
· Joseph M.W. Turner
· Joseph Sattler
· Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
· Joseph Wright
· Juan de Valdes Leal
· Karl Blechen
· Karl Briullov
· Karl Diefenbach
· Klavdy Lebedev
· Konstantin Flavitsky
· Konstantin Makovsky
· Laszlo Mednyanszky
· Lee Brown Coye
· Legends
· Lenore
· Leon Bonnat
· Leon Wyczolkowski
· Leonardo da Vinci
· Louisa May Alcott
· Louis Boulanger
· Louis Gallait
· Louis Janmot
· Louis Leopold Boilly
· Lucas Cranach
· Lucas van Leyden
· Lucas van Uden
· Lucien Levy Dhurmer
· Luis Ricardo Falero
· McGuffey's Readers
· Magic
· Marcel Roux
· Maria Cosway
· Mary Roberts Rinehart
· Matthew Gregory Lewis
· Matthias Stomer
· Maximilian Pirner
· Max Klinger
· Michelangelo
· Mihaly Zichy
· Modest Mussorgsky
· Mourning
· Murder
· Mysteries
· Mystics
· Myths
· Nathaniel Hawthorne
· Nicolaes Berchem
· Nicholas Poussin
· Oddities
· Odilon Redon
· Operas
· Oscar Wilde
· Paul Albert Besnard
· Paul Delaroche
· Peter Claesz
· Peter Paul Rubens
· Philip Burne Jones
· Philip Wouwerman
· Phyllis Chesler
· Pieter Bruegel
· Plague
· Poetry
· 
Pompeii
· 
Randolph Schwabe
· Ray Bradbury
· Resurrectionists
· Richard Redgrave
· Richard Wagner
· Robert Bloch
· Robert Draper
· Robert Lewis Stevenson
· Robert William Buss
· Rogelio de Equsquiza
· Rudyard Kipling
· Samuel Luke Fildes
· Samuel Prout
· Samuel Woodforde
· Sandor Liezen Mayer
· Sculpture
· Serafino Macchiati
· Sherlock Holmes
· Shirley Jackson
· Solitude
· Sorrow
· Spiritualism
· Strand Magazine
· Suicides
· Susan Hill
· Suspense
· Tavik Frantisek Simon
· Theodor Kittlesen
· Theodore Gericault
· Thomas Brooks
· Thomas Faed
· Thomas Hardy
· Thomas Jones Barker
· Thomas Rowlandson
· Titian
· Tragedy
· Ulpiano Checa
· Vanitas
· Vasily Grigorevich Perov
· Victoriana
· Viktor Vasnetsov
· Vincent Van Gogh
· Vincenzo Camuccini
· Walter Crane
· Walter Langley
· Walter Scott
· War
· Washington Irving
· Wilhelm Kotarbinsky
· Wilkie Collins
· William Bouguereau
· William H. Ainsworth
· William Holman Hunt
· William Blake
· William Brassey Hole
· William Frith
· William Hamilton
· William Hogarth
· William MacGeorge
· William Mulready
· William Shakespeare
· William Strang
· Witchcraft
· Witold Pruszkowski
· Xavier Mellery