Harry Clarke (1889-1931)

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Cover illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. 1st US edition, 1923.

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The Dagger Dropped Gleaming upon the Sable Carpet. Illustration for The Masque of the Red Death.

Albert Besnard (1849-1934)

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Morphinomanes ou Le Plumet (Morphine addicts or The Plume), 1887

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Le vertige, 1900

Painting It Black

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s11[1] Saturn Devouring His Son-Francisco Goya 1819-1823 The most famous and the most horrific of the disturbing series of paintings that Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house outside Madrid in his later years, the so-called ‘Black Paintings’. The paintings were probably never intended for public view, it was only after his death that they were hacked off and transferred to canvas.

Intensely, hermetically private, the Black Paintings show Goya unmuzzling his fertile, macabre imagination. Traditionally believed to refer to the Greek myth of Cronus (Romanized as Saturn), the titan that devours each of his children in turn. Goya’s visceral masterpiece shockingly highlights the cannibalistic frenzy and wild-eyed derangement of the Father of the Gods as he holds the torso of the half-consumed body towards his gaping mouth. Whereas the Italian humanists of the Renaissance had, in their re-interpretation of Classical mythology, concentrated on cavorting nymphs in sunlit Arcadian…

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Henry Singleton (1766-1839)

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Ariel on a Bat’s Back. Exhibited 1819.

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

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The Tell-Tale Heart. Illustration from Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1935

Pierre Roche, pseudonym of Fernand Massignon (1855-1922)

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The Nightmare, 1895

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Mélusine, 1900

David S. Herrerias (b. 1982)

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The Triumph of Death, 2014