Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor who is best known as a fantasy artist. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his ‘fantastic realism’ period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings. Beksiński was murdered in 2005.
Island of the Dead
Arnold Bocklin (1827-1901)
Island of the Dead
Oil on canvas
Museum fur Bildende Kunste (Leipzig, Germany)
This painting was remade five times between the years 1880-86, and so five different versions exist. The initial impulse for the picture was a request made by Marie Berna, whose husband had died, for Böcklin to depict her bereavement thematically.
Island of the Dead invites contemplation on the mystery of what lies beyond death. The boatman is reminiscent of Charon and the waters bring to mind the ancient river Styx, across which Greeks believed the souls of their dead traveled to Hades.
The stones and trees make for an interesting comparison – both are symbols of the natural world, the former dead and cold, the latter alive yet silent. The apparent lack of human life on the island is made poignant by the inferable knowledge that once upon a time, the stone ruins must have housed living men. Now, however, like death, the island is an isolated, isolating, and lonesome place.
Watercolor painting by Grzegorz Wróbel | LivingDesign
Internet is really good source for creative art. This is very impressive form of watercolor painting I’ve ever seen. This is a work done by Grzegorz Wróbel, a polish architect. Through well-crafted reflective shadows, he makes the painting alive. I liked his thought on his technique:
The most difficult thing when working with watercolors is to control water! You just cannot control it 100%. I use a lot of water and I think it is the greatest thing to observe how it flows on your paper and creates magical things.
You can find some good examples of his paintings with sort of interview here: livingdesign.info