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This Artist ‘Photographing’ His Dreams Will Give You Nightmares This Artist ‘Photographing’ His Dreams Will Give You Nightmares

This Artist ‘Photographing’ His Dreams Will Give You Nightmares

by Jessica Bush May 22, 2017

Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish artist, prolific from the 1960’s until his his brutal murder in 2005. Fascinated with death, decay, eroticism, abstractionism and mysticism, Beksiński often depicted dark, mind-bending scenes with creatures only conceivable in the darkness of a nightmare. He never gave titles to his paintings, wanting to avoid any metaphorical interpretations of his eerie works. Beksiński used to say, “I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams.”

Beksiński’s internationally coveted works of dystopian, surrealist, nightmarish scenarios, are both deeply unnerving and strangely mesmerizing. Perhaps it is because he has succeeded in capturing a dream world that we all have payed a visit to. Below is our selection of Beksiński’s most enchanting works.

This is the last painting Beksiński ever created. It was completed on the day of his death.