The Abyss

Exploring the dark side of art. Some of my favorite works of art that feature dark, evil content, or are simply dark in color. "And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." - Nietschze

This work incorporates a strong juxtaposition of good and evil; featured here as beauty and evil depicted as dark and ugly. While the 4 beautiful figures linger in the foreground, jealousy peaks in from the left side background.
Blake's depiction of Satan Exulting over Eve is unique in several ways. But what is most unusual is that, even in triumph, Satan does not look celebratory or victorious but rather vacant and even listless or sorrowful.
In this work, the composition seems fairly straightforward. But the focus of the painting is not truly on the mourning, but the true focus is on death, as evidenced by the obscuring of all the other faces except the face of the lifeless Abel.
In Manet's Civil War, the focus of the composition is clearly fixed on the dead soldier lying in the battlefield. The use of dark monochromatic coloring highlights the intense stark nature of the scene depicted.
Another strong juxtaposition is featured in this work, as Mars and Venus embrace on the right third of the image, almost the entire remainder of the painting is dominated by the trappings of war and conquest.
In Goya's Seated Giant, the subject, seated atop a hill under a crescent moon while looking over his shoulder at the viewer. Goya used shading to put emphasis on just how dark this work actually is and it evokes a feeling of loneliness or sorrow in the viewer.
In this Goya work, Satan takes the center stage encircled by a coven of witches who appear to be engaging in child sacrifice. The subject was likely an allegory for some political or social commentary.
In Rembrandt's Presentation, the entire scene is nearly engulfed in darkness and shadow except for the face of the baby Christ and the presenter himself. The contrast in the etching is truly remarkable.
A neck bite. When a modern viewer sees this painting one thinks of vampires, but it's worth noting that this work predates Bram Stoker's Dracula by 47 years, making it truly shocking at the time.
In this work by Blake we again see Evil triumphant over Good, as the woman kneels helplessly below the dragon flies above. Faces are obscured in this work calling our attention to the pure symbology of the subjects.
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