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Re: Impressive Artworks

Cornelius Saftleven
His paintings often depict animals in human roles or arousing mayhem against civilized order. Animals as a force of nature, of evil and darkness. More paintings from here.

Job Plagued by Ghosts
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The Gates of Hell



Kawanabe Kyosai
He's called "Demon Painter" for his wild paintings. A man of many talents and genius, his work includes this humorous piece:



to realistic and satirical paintings of animals,



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to images of Yokai and Buddha

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The paintings are from here, more on his biography here--in which one memorable tale of his passion for drawing is retold:

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Mrs. Hugh Eraser, in her delightful Letters from Japan, states that Kyōsai at nine "captured the severed head of a drowned man from a swollen river, and brought it home to study in secret, as any other child would treasure a toy or a sweetmeat. The horror was discovered by his family, and he was ordered to take the grisly thing back to the stream and throw it in. Reluctantly the little boy trudged back to the river bank, the poor head in his arms; but before he threw it away, he spent long hours, sitting on the ground, copying every line of the awful countenance." Other curious stories are told of his early passion for drawing and of the many ways in which he justified his later reputation as one of the greatest artists Japan has produced.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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