Top 5 Weirdest Paintings Ever
Painting has always been the weirdest kind of arts. The artists always search for the new forms of self-expression and original metaphors, but some pictures are the new level of bizarre. The list of such paintings can be very long, but I’ve selected just 5 weirdest ones.
1.Edvard Munch, “Scream”
Scream is one of the most well-known masterpieces of expressionism.
“I was walking along the road with two friends. The sun was setting, and I began to be afflicted with a sense of melancholy. Suddenly the sky became blood-red. I stopped and leaned against a fence, feeling dead-tired, and stared at the flaming clouds that hung, like blood and a sword, over the blue-black fjord and the city. My friends walked on. I stood riveted, trembling with fright. And I heard a loud, unending scream piercing nature” – that’s how the author commented on his work.
Munch suffered from manic-depressive psychosis and this painting is actually a fruit of his sick imagination. There are 2 variants of interpretation: the hero is terrified and screaming; another variant is that he presses his hands to his ears in order to protect them from the scream of the world around him.
2.Paul Gauguin “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”
This painting was created by a French post-impressionist artist in Tahiti. After he had finished this work he was about to commit a suicide because he was sure that this is the best thing he had ever done. The painting should be read from left to right. 3 groups of people symbolize 3 questions asked in the title: 3 women and a kid indicate the beginning of the life; middle group is the symbol of maturity; the last one is an old woman approaching her death, and a white bird symbolizes the uselessness of words.
3. Grant Wood, “American Gothic”
Gloomy portrait of father and his daughter is probably the most recognizable piece of American art. The painting is literally stuffed with symbols: angry faces, pitchfork in the middle of the canvas, seams echoing with the pitchfork, clothes that looks too old-fashioned even for 1930s, puritanism and obscurantism.
4. Rene Magritte, “The Lovers”
Two people kissing each other with their heads covered with white cloth symbolize the blindness of love in each and every meaning of the word. When people are in love they don’t notice the world around them, and neither they see each other as long as they are a mystery for each other. Magritte used to say that the things around us are deceptive, so his creative art is all about enigmas and secrets.
5. Bill Stoneham, “Hands Resist Him”
It depicts a boy and a doll standing by the door with many hands pressed against the glass. This painting is associated with various legends. According to one of them, the kids are alive; another one states that this picture kills people. The artist’s comments on his creative work claim that the boy is he himself at the age of 5, the door is a “portal” in an adult life, the doll is a stalker who can lead him through the door, and the hands symbolize the opportunities. Nonetheless, the owner of the painting who has bought it on eBay auction back in 2000 receives tons of letters with threats and demands to burn it because of it’s being “cursed”.