Monday, 19 October 2009

Henry Fuseli

Wonderfully dark images from Henry Fuseli (1741-1825). Possibly his most famous works are the Nightmare masterpieces (images 1 & 5) which have been interpreted over the years as themes as diverse as women's sexuality, death, and the awful feeling of dread one can experience in a nightmare.

Fuseli remained largely forgotten until the Expressionists and Surrealists rediscovered him.





Fuseli was quoted as saying, "One of the most unexplored regions of art are dreams", and these Nightmare artworks are said to have influenced both Edgar Allen Poe ("irrepressible tremor gradually pervaded my frame; and, at length, there sat upon my heart an incubus of utterly causeless alarm" - The Fall of the House of Usher) and Mary Shelley ("She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down, and her pale and distorted features half covered by hair." - Frankenstein).

I think his artwork is disturbing and evocative - just my cup of tea!

2 comments:

Sam said...

Incredible work Natalia! Thank you for drawing my attention to him again - so powerful!! Am going to blog about your beautiful earrings this week - will let you know! Thank you so much again - absolutely adore them! Sam. XX

Chrisy said...

I knew nothing about this artist...ta for enlightening me...they're wonderful...think a lot of artists explore dreams in their work...but not many the unsettling ones...