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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:

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.

"Tell me how you want to die, and I'll tell you who you are. In other words, how do you fill out an empty life? With women, books, or worldly ambitions? No matter what you do, the starting point is boredom, and the end self-destruction. The emblem of our fate: the sky teeming with worms. Baudelaire taught me that life is the ecstasy of worms in the sun, and happiness the dance of worms."
---Tears and Saints, E. M. Cioran
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