Fine arts can present a whole range of emotions. Some pictures make them peer at them for hours, while others literally shock, amaze and blow up the worldview. There are such masterpieces that make you think and look for a secret meaning. Some paintings are shrouded in mystical mysteries, while in others the main thing is their prohibitive price.
нема There are a lot of strange paintings in the history of world painting. In our ranking, deliberately will not mention Salvador Dali, who was a master in this genre and whose first name comes to mind. And although the very concept of strangeness is subjective, it is possible to distinguish those known works that are clearly out of the general range. Edward Munch “Scream”.
Work in the size of 91×73, 5 cm was created in 1893. Munch wrote it with oil, pastel and tempera, today the picture is kept in the National Gallery of Oslo. The creation of the artist has become a landmark for Impressionism, it is generally one of the most famous paintings in the world today. Munch himself told the story of her creation: “I walked along the path with two friends, at that time the sun was setting in. Suddenly the sky became blood-red, I stopped, exhausted, and leaned against the fence.” I looked at the blood and flames above the bluish “A black fjord and a city.” My friends went on, and I was all standing trembling with excitement, feeling an endless cry that pierced nature. ” There are two versions of the meaning interpretation drawn. We can assume that the depicted character is gripped by horror and silently shouts, pressing his hands to his ears. Another version says that the man closed his ears from the screaming around him. In total, Munch created as many as 4 versions of “Scream”. Some experts believe that this picture is a classic manifestation of the manic-depressive psychosis, from which the artist suffered. When Munch was treated at the clinic, he did not return to this painting. Paul Gauguin “Where did we come from? Who are we? Where do we go?”.
In the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, you can find this Impressionist work in the size of 139.1 × 374.6 cm. It was painted with oil on canvas in 1897-1898. This profound work was written by Gauguin in Tahiti, where he retired from the hustle and bustle of Parisian life. The picture became so important to the artist that at the end of it he even wanted to commit suicide. Gauguin believed that she was the best at everything that he had created before. The artist believed that he could not already create something better or similar, he simply had nothing to strive for. Gauguin lived for another 5 years, proving the truth of his judgments. He himself said that his main picture should be viewed from right to left. There are three main groups of figures present on it, which embody those issues, which are entitled the canvas. Three women with a child show the beginning of life, in the middle people symbolize maturity, old age is represented by an elderly woman who is waiting for her death. It seems that she has reconciled to this and is thinking about something of her own. At her feet is a white bird, symbolizing the meaninglessness of words.
Pablo Picasso “Guernica”.
Creation of Picasso is stored in the Madrid Museum of Queen Sofia. A large picture size of 349 by 776 cm is written in oil on canvas. This canvas-fresco was created in 1937. The picture tells about a raid of fascist volunteer pilots on the city of Guernica. As a result of those events, the city with a population of 6 thousand people was completely wiped off the face of the earth. This picture the artist created literally in a month. In the early days of Picasso worked for 10-12 hours, in the first of his sketches the main idea was already seen. As a result, the picture became one of the best illustrations of all the horrors of fascism, cruelty and human grief. In “Guernica” you can consider the scene of brutality, violence, death, suffering and helplessness. Although the reasons for this are not clearly indicated, they are clear from history. It is said that in 1940 Pablo Picasso in Paris was even summoned to the Gestapo. He was immediately asked: “Did you do it?”. To which the artist replied: “No, you did it.”Jan van Eyck “Portrait of the four Arnolfini”.
This painting was painted in 1434 by oil on wood. The masterpiece is 81.8×59.7 cm in size, and it is kept in the London National Gallery. Presumably the picture shows Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini with his wife. The work is one of the most difficult in the Western school of painting of the times of the Northern Renaissance. In this famous painting, a huge number of characters, allegories and various hooks. What is only the signature of the artist “Jan van Eyck was here.” As a result, the picture is not just a work of art, but a real historical document. After all, it depicts a real event, which impressed Van Eyck. This picture has recently become very popular in Russia, because with the naked eye the similarity between Arnolfini and Vladimir Putin is noticeable. Michael Vrubel “The Demon Seated”.
The Tretyakov Gallery keeps this masterpiece of Mikhail Vrubel, written by him in oil in 1890. Dimensions canvas – 114×211 cm. The demon shown here surprises. He appears as a sad young man with long hair. Usually people do not represent evil spirits like that. Vrubel himself said about his most famous cloth that in his understanding the demon is not so much an evil spirit as suffering. At the same time, you can not deny him power and majesty. The demon of Vrubel is an image, first of all of the spirit of man, which reigns within us of constant struggle with oneself and doubts. This creature surrounded by flowers tragically clasped hands, his huge eyes look sadly into the distance. The whole composition expresses the embarrassment of the figure of the demon. It seems to be clamped in this image between the top and bottom of the picture frame. Vasily Vereshchagin “The Apotheosis of War”.
The painting was written in 1871, but in it the author seemed to foresee the horrors of future World wars. Canvas size 127h197 cm stored in the Tretyakov Gallery. Vereshchagin is considered one of the best fighters in Russian painting. However, he wrote wars and battles not because he loved them. The artist by means of the fine arts tried to convey to people their negative attitude to the war. Once Vereshchagin even promised not to write battle scenes any more. After all, the grief of every wounded and killed soldier was too close to the heart. The result of such a penetrating attitude towards this topic was the “Apotheosis of War”. A terrible and mesmerizing picture depicts a mountain of human skulls on a field with crows around. Vereshchagin created an emotional canvas, behind each skull in a huge pile is traced the history and fate of personalities and people close to them. The artist himself sarcastically called this painting a still-life, because it depicts a dead nature. All the details of the “Apotheosis of War” scream about death and emptiness, it is visible even in the yellow background of the earth. And the blue of the sky only emphasizes death. The idea of the horrors of war is emphasized by bullet holes and traces of sabers on turtles. Grant Wood “American Gothic”.
This small picture has a size of 74 by 62 cm. It was created in 1930, and is now stored at the Chicago Institute of Arts. The painting is one of the most famous examples of American art of the last century. Already in our time, the name “American Gothic” is often mentioned in the media. The picture depicts a rather gloomy father and his daughter. Numerous details tell about the severity, puritanism and stiffness of these people. They have disaffected faces, in the middle of the picture there were aggressive forks, and the pair’s clothes are old-fashioned even by the standards of that time. Even the seam on the farmer’s clothes repeats the shape of the pitchfork, doubling the threat to those who encroach on his way of life. Details of the picture can be studied endlessly, physically feeling uncomfortable. Interestingly, at one time at the contest at the Chicago Institute of Arts, the picture was accepted by the judges as humorous. But the people of Iowa offended the artist for the fact that he exposed them in such an icky foreshortening.The model for the woman was made by Sister Wood, but the prototype of the angry man was the dentist of the painter.
Rene Magritte “Lovers”.
The painting was painted in 1928 with oil on canvas. There are two options. On one of them a man and a woman kiss, but only their heads are wrapped in a white cloth. In another version of the picture, lovers look at the viewer. Painted and surprised, and fascinating. Figures without faces symbolize the blindness of love. It is known that lovers do not see anyone around, we can not discern their true feelings. Even for each other these people, blinded by feeling, are in fact a mystery. And although the main message of the picture seems understandable, “Lovers” still make you look at them and think about love. In Magritte in general, almost all the pictures are rebuses, it is completely impossible to solve them. After all, these paintings pose the main questions about the meaning of our life. In them the artist speaks of the illusory nature of what we see, that there are many mysterious things around us, which we try not to notice. Marc Chagall “Walking”.
The painting was painted in oil on canvas in 1917, now it is kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery. In his works, Marc Chagall is usually serious, but then he allowed himself to show feelings. The picture expresses the artist’s personal happiness, it is full of love and allegories. His “Walk” is a self-portrait, where Chagall depicted his wife Bella next to her. His chosen one is hovering in the sky, she is about to drag an artist to it, who already almost tore himself away from the ground, touching it only with the tips of his shoes. In the other hand, the man is a tit. We can say that this is how Chagall portrayed his happiness. He and the crane in the sky in the form of a beloved woman, and a tit in his hand, under which he meant his work.
Hieronymus Bosch “The Garden of Earthly Delights”.
This canvas, measuring 389×220 cm, is kept in the Spanish Law Museum. Bosch painted a picture of butter on a tree in the years 1500-1510. This is the most famous triptych of Bosch, although the picture has three parts, it is named for the central, dedicated to voluptuousness. Around the meaning of a strange picture is constantly being debated, there is no such interpretation of it that would be recognized as the only true one. Interest in triptych is due to the many small details that express the main idea. There are translucent figures, unusual constructions, monsters, incarnated nightmares and visions and infernal variations of reality. For all this the artist was able to look with an acute and searching gaze, having managed to unite unlike elements into a single canvas. Some researchers have tried to see in the picture a reflection of human life, which the author showed in vain. Others found images of love, someone discovered the triumph of voluptuousness. However, it is doubtful that the author tried to glorify carnal pleasures. After all, the figures of people are depicted with cold detachment and simplicity. Yes, and the church authorities rather favorably treated this picture of Bosch. Gustav Klimt “Three ages of a woman”.
In the Roman National Gallery of Modern Art this picture is located. A square canvas 180 cm wide was painted with oil on canvas in 1905. This picture expresses both joy and sadness. The artist in three figures was able to show the whole life of a woman. The first, still a child, extremely carefree. A mature woman expresses pacification, and the last age symbolizes despair. At the same time, the average age is organically woven into the life ornament, and the old one stands out prominently against its background. The apparent contrast between the young woman and the elderly is a symbol. If the flowering of life is accompanied by numerous opportunities and changes, then the last phase is an ingrained constancy and conflict with reality. Such a picture attracts attention and makes you think about the artist’s intention, its depth. In her, all life with its inevitability and metamorphosis.
Egon Schiele’s “Family.”
This canvas is the size of 152.5×162.5 cm was written in oil in 1918. Now it is stored in the Viennese Belvedere. Teacher Shile was Klimt himself, but the student did not at all try to copy it diligently, searching for his methods of expression. It can be safely asserted that the work of Schiele is even more tragic, frightening and strange than that of Klimt. Some elements today would be called pornographic, there are a lot of different perversions, in all the beauty there is naturalism. At the same time, the pictures are literally permeated with some desperate desperation. The pinnacle of Schiele’s work and his most recent painting is “The Family”. In this canvas, despair is brought to a maximum, while the work itself for the author turned out to be the least strange. After the Spanish flu died the pregnant wife of Schiele, and shortly before his death this masterpiece was created. Only two days passed between the two deaths, they were enough for the artist to portray himself with his wife and his unborn child. At the time, Schiele was only 28 years old. Frida Kahlo “Two Frides”.
The painting was born in 1939. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo became famous after the release of the film about her with Salma Hayek in the title role. At the heart of the artist’s work were her self-portraits. She herself explained this fact this way: “I write myself, because I spend a lot of time alone and because I am the topic that I know best.” It’s interesting that Frida does not smile at any of her paintings. Her face is serious, even in something mournful. Frowning thick eyebrows and barely noticeable mustache above the compressed lips express maximum seriousness. The ideas of the same pictures lie in the figures, background and details of what surround Fried. The symbolism of the paintings is based on the national traditions of Mexico, closely interwoven with the old Indian mythology. “Two Fridays” is one of the best Mexican paintings. In it, the masculine and feminine principle, having a unified blood system, are displayed in an original way. Thus, the artist showed the unity and integrity of these two opposites. Claude Monet “The Waterloo Bridge.” The effect of fog. ”
In the St. Petersburg Hermitage you can find this painting by Monet. It was painted in oil on canvas in 1899. When the painting is closely examined, it appears as a purple spot with thick strokes applied to it. However, moving away from the canvas, the viewer understands all of his magic. At first, unclear semicircles that pass through the center of the picture become visible, the outlines of the boats appear. And from a distance of a couple of meters you can see all the elements of the picture that are connected in a logical chain. Jackson Pollock “Number 5, 1948”.
Pollock is a classic of the genre of abstract expressionism. His most famous painting is by far the most expensive in the world. And the artist painted it in 1948, just pouring oil paint on a fibrolyte measuring 240×120 cm floor. In 2006, this painting was auctioned at Sotheby’s for $ 140 million. The previous owner, collector and film producer David Giffen, sold it to Mexican financier David Martinez. Pollock said that he decided to move away from such familiar tools of the artist as an easel, paints and brushes. His tools were sticks, knives, scoops and pouring paint. He also used a mixture of it with sand or even broken glass. Starting to create. Pollock is given inspiration, not even realizing what he is doing. Only then comes the realization of the perfect. At the same time, the artist has no fear of destroying the image or changing it inadvertently – the picture begins to live its own life. Pollock’s task is to help her to be born, to go outside. But if the master loses contact with his creation, then the output will be chaos and dirt. In case of success, the picture will embody pure harmony, ease of reception and embodiment of inspiration. Joan Miró “A man and a woman in front of a pile of excrement.”
This painting is now stored in the artist’s fund in Spain. It was written in oil on a sheet of copper in 1935 in just a week from October 15 to 22.The size of the creation is only 23×32 cm. Despite this provocative title, the picture speaks of the horrors of civil wars. The author himself, thus, depicted the events of those years, taking place in Spain. Miro tried to show a period of anxiety. In the picture you can see the motionless man and woman, who, nevertheless, are drawn to each other. The canvas is full of ominous poisonous flowers, along with enlarged genitals, it looks deliberately disgusting and disgustingly sexy.
Jacek Yerka “Erosion”.
In the works of this Polish neo-surrealist, the pictures of reality, intertwining, create a new reality. In some ways, even touching pictures are extremely detailed. They feel the echoes of the surrealists of the past, from Bosch to Dali. Yerka grew in the atmosphere of medieval architecture, miraculously survived after the bombings of the Second World War. He began to draw even before entering university. There they tried to change his style to a more modern and less detailed one, but Yerka himself retained his individuality. Today, his unusual paintings are exhibited not only in Poland, but also in Germany, France, Monaco, USA. There are they in a number of collections around the world. Bill Stoneham “Hands are against him”.
The painting, painted in 1972 by the classics of painting, is hard to name. However, there is no doubt that she is among the most strange creations of artists. The picture shows a boy, next to him is a doll, and behind him are numerous hands pressed to the glass. This canvas is strange, mysterious and mystical in some ways. It is already covered with legends. They say that because of this picture, someone died, and the children on it are alive. She looks really scary. It is not surprising that people with a sick psyche picture cast fears and terrible fantasies. Stoneham himself assured that he painted himself at the age of 5 years. The door behind the boy is a barrier between reality and the world of dreams. The doll is the conductor, which can carry the child from one world to another. Hands are alternative lives or human capabilities. The painting became famous in February 2000. She was put up for sale on eBay, telling that she had ghosts on her. As a result, “Hands are against him” was bought for $ 1025 by Kim Smith. Soon the buyer was literally filled with letters with terrible stories connected with the picture, and demands to destroy this painting.