Judson Huss (Yudson Hussey) (1942-2008) was an American-born painter and sculptor of fantastic art. Born in Durham, North Carolina, he later moved with his family to Los Angeles, California where he began to study art. He was also a rock musician, playing guitar and bass with many bands, including Smith (the late 60s band, not Morrisey's Smiths).
Claude Verlinde (1927-) is a French surrealist artist. He found his vocation very early and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere at the age of twenty.Closer to Renaissance artists and certain recognisable styles, he seeks above all the lyricism and freedom of expression. He is very influenced by Hieronymus Bosch , Lucas Cranach the Elder , Francisco Goya , James Ensor, etc
Santiago Caruso (1982-) is an Argentinian sureal artist. Since 2001 he works professionally. Among his most important publishings you can find: "The Dunwich Horror" by H. P. Lovecraft; "The Bloody Countess" by Alejandra Pizarnik and "The Monk and the Hangman´s Daughter" by Ambrose Bierce; "The Peacock Escritoire" by Mark Valentine; "The Cherry Tree"; "Three Great Plays of Shakespeare" and "Don Quixote".
He has also made covers for Nightshade Books, Miskatonic River Press, Cántaro, Sudamericana, Planeta y Páginas de Espuma, among others. Nowadays, he publish his art on the mythical magazine CARAS Y CARETAS. Recently, he has been chosen to be part of Beinart International Surreal Art Collective, and he is and active member of their exhibitions. His work stands out both for its vigor as well as for its technique. It is no overstatement to say that the work of Caruso, which is well represented in the galleries and museums of Buenos Aires, USA, Mexico and Spain, is currently one of the most pleasant revelations of Latin American plastic arts. (sweet-station.com)
I put here some of his more dark works. Visit his SITE for more of his work
Some of the illustrations from "The Bloody Countess" (2009) by Alejandra Pizarnik:
"Death and the Lady" is the title of an old English folk ballad by J. Deacon between 1683 and 1700, which was published in 1906 by "City People", a British newspaper. It was the basis for a vaudeville show Ziegfeld Follies-inspired "Grand Guignol", showing card games and alcohol. Photos of Joseph Hall, a photographer from Brooklyn, also famous for his photographs of theater and sports. You can also read the ballad HERE with more photos of the Ziegfeld's show by Joseph Hall.
DEATH 'Fair Lady, throw those costly robes aside, No longer may you glory in your pride; Take leave of all your carnal vain delight, I'm come to summon you away this night.'
LADY 'What bold attempt is this? Pray let me know From whence you come, and whither I must go. Shall I, who am a lady, stoop or bow To such a pale-faced visage? Who art thou?'
DEATH 'Do you not know me? I will tell you then: I am he that conquers all the sons of men, No pitch of honour from my dart is free, My name is Death! Have you not heard of me?'
LADY 'Yes; I have heard of thee, time after time; But, being in the glory of my prime, I did not think you would have come so soon; Why must my morning sun go down at noon?'
DEATH 'Talk not of noon! you may as well be mute; There is no time at all for vain dispute, Your riches, gold, and garments,jewels bright, Your house, and land, must on new owners light.'
LADY 'My heart is cold; it trembles at such news! Here's bags of gold, if you will me excuse And seize on those; and finish thou their strife, Who wretched are, and weary of their life.
Are there not many bound in prison strong In bitter grief? and souls that languish long, Who could but find the grave a place of rest From all their grief; by which they are opprest.
Besides there's many with a hoary head And palsied joints; from whom all joy is fled Release thou them whose sorrows are so great, And spare my life until a later date!'
DEATH 'Though thy vain heart to riches is inclined Yet thou must die and leave them all behind. I come to none before their warrant's sealed, And, when it is, they must submit, and yield.
Though some by age be full of grief and pain, Till their appointed time they must remain; I take no bribe, believe me,this is true. Prepare yourself to go; I'm come for you.'
LADY 'But if, oh! if you could for me obtain A freedom, and a longer life to reign, Fain would I stay, if thou my life wouldst spare. I have a daughter, beautiful and fair, I wish to see her wed, whom I adore; Grant me but this, and I will ask no more?' (The last part of the music must be repeated to fit the extra line)
DEATH 'This is a slender frivolous excuse! I have you fast! I will not let you loose! Leave her to Providence, for you must go Along with me, whether you will or no!
If Death commands the King to leave his crown He at my feet must lay his sceptre down; Then, if to Kings I do not favour give But cut them off, can you expect to live Beyond the limits of your time and space? No! I must send you to another place.' (The last part of the music must be repeated to fit the extra line)
LADY 'Ye learned doctors, now exert your skill, And let not Death on me obtain his will! Prepare your cordials, let me comfort find, My gold shall fly like chaff before the wind!'
DEATH 'Forbear to call! that skill will never do; They are but mortals here as well as you. I give the fatal wound, my dart is sure, And far beyond the doctors' skill to cure.
Flow freely you can let your riches fly To purchase life, rather than yield and die! But,while you flourished here with all your store, You would not give one penny to the poor.
Though in God's name they sue to you did make You would not spare one penny for His sake. My Lord beheld wherein you did amiss, And calls you hence, to give account of this!'
LADY 'Oh! heavy news! must I no longer stay? How shall I stand at the great Judgement Day?' Down from her eyes the crystal tears did flow, She says, 'None knows what I now undergo!
Upon my bed of sorrow here I lie! My selfish life makes me afraid to die! My sins are great, and manifold,and foul; Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on my soul!
Alas! I do deserve a righteous frown! Yet pardon, Lord, and pour a blessing down!' Then with a dying sigh her heart did break, And did the pleasures of this world forsake.
Thus may we see the mighty rise and fall, For cruel Death shews no respect at all To those of either high or low degree. The great submit to Death as well as we.
Though they are gay, their life is but a span, A lump of clay, so vile a creature's Man! Then happy they whom God hath made his care, And die in God, and ever happy are!
The grave's the market place where all must meet Both rich and poor, as well as small and great; If life were merchandise, that gold could buy, The rich would live -- only the poor would die.
Theda Bara (1885 – 1955), was an American silent film actress – one of the most popular of her era, and one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname “The Vamp” (short for vampire). The term “vamp” soon became a popular slang term for a sexually predatory woman. Bara, Valeska Suratt, and Musidora popularized the vamp persona in the early years of silent film . Theda Bara made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but complete prints of only six still exist. At the height of her fame, Bara was making $4,000 per week. She was one of the most popular movie stars, ranking behind only Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.
Bara’s best-known roles were as the “vamp”, although she attempted to avoid typecasting by playing wholesome heroines. Cleopatra (1917), became one of Bara’s biggest hits. No known prints of Cleopatra exist today, but numerous photographs of Bara in costume as the Queen of the Nile have survived, some of them considered unfit for familly viewing!
Bara is often cited as the first sex symbol of the movies. She was well known for wearing very revealing costumes in her films, which could still be considered risqué by today’s standards, more than 90 years later. Such outfits were banned from Hollywood films after the Production Code started in 1930, and then was more strongly enforced in 1934.
Theda Bara can be considered as a prime example of the earliest Gothic styles. Many Gothic trends such as the dark eyeshadow and clothes are inspired from her styles. She also pozed with a skeleton for some "Death and the Maiden" erotic photos:
Αλλά πάντα από την αποστα- σιοποιημένη ματιά της τέχνης
Εργα τέχνης που απεικονίζουν σκοτεινές πλευρές της ιστορίας και του ανθρώπινου ψυχισμού, όπως ωμή βία, ρατσισμό, κακοποίηση και σφαγές άλλων -ΔΕΝ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΛΟΓΟΚΡΙΝΟΝΤΑΙ!! Πρέπει να αντιμετωπίζουμε πρόσωπο με πρόσωπο την ωμότητα και να πασχίζουμε να την κατανοήσουμε με κριτικό και αποστασιοποιημένο τρόπο, αν θέλουμε να φτιάξουμε έναν καλύτερο κόσμο.
Graphics that depict dark aspects of history—such as violence, intolerance, racism, aggressive nationalism, war and atrocity, abuse of others and of the environment in general—have not been censored. We must confront such harsh images directly—and struggle to critically understand them—if we hope to ever make a better world. ocw.mit.edu