The poster boy for the neurotics' most famous painting; this expressionistic masterpiece begs the questions: what, why, who, when and where - and who told them where to find me? Or maybe it was just the red wine and cheese he had before he hit the hay.
A more graphically brutal and disturbing version of the subject matter painted by Rubens discussed a few posts earlier, depicting the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus (or Saturn in the Roman version), who, fearing that he would be overthrown by his children, ate them upon their birth. This is one of Goya's Black Paintings, painted directly onto the walls of his house near Madrid.
Tooker's masterpiece reveals modern America as a world of alienation, confinement and anonymity.
The one painting in the Gotham City Museum that Jack Nicholson's Joker wouldn't deface in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) - because he liked it! The screaming figure is based on Velasquez' portrait of Pope Innocent X (1649/50) and the two hanging carcasses were probably derived from Rembrandt's Carcass of Beef (1657). Bacon's nightmarish vision associates the Pope and the Catholic Church with butchery and brutality.
Too often dismissed as a regionalist realist painter, Wyeth's work at its best confronts despair and isolation in rural modern America. The twisted, hanging black birds, light reflecting off their oily feathers, evoke a raw, Frost-like depiction of rural life without the sentiment sometimes associated with it.
With its images of dead soldiers distorted by decomposition, this is one of many works by World war One veteran Dix to expose the needlessness and sheer savagery of trench warfare. Puts the work of his British counterparts to shame.
Many of Atkinson Grimshaw's nocturnal scenes invoke invoke a mood of melancholy, but this one seems to hint at real menace as the bent over traveller, dwarfed by the leafless branches of the tall trees surrounding him, heads off into the unknown distance on an eerily moonlit night. Or perhaps the menace is behind him, as Coleridge says in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798):