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The Fantastic Art of Beksinski by Zdzisław Beksiński
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Apr 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: art, polish, non-fiction

It is surprising that Beksinski is not a household name in the West, like Dali or Geiger. His apocalyptic imagery is a more nightmarish vision of the world than that of the Surrealists, perhaps closer to the world of the Baroque, and it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that - as a child, just after the war - he badly injured his left hand unscrewing the head of a mine. His paintings have a very Central European quality about them, like Grunewald’s “Issenheim Altarpiece”. There is something about them that suggests the chaotic that lies just under the surface; bodies in the rubbish pile (like Zbigniew Cybulski in the last moments of Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds”). There’s even a suggestion of ethnic cleansing. Crumbling cities, whole cemeteries thrown up, tombstones, mutated semi-human forms scuttling with bandaged heads through burning cities. His murder, by the son of a close friend in an argument over money, has quite an ironic touch to it.
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