As most of you know, I'm pretty obsessed with art. And Halloween. So....let me share a few of my favorite paintings involving both.
I had trouble finding many paintings that weren't of witches. They seem to be pretty popular for subject matter. Many of the pieces are illustrating something--I've found several depicting the three witches from MacBeth, and also the Witch of Endor from the Bible.
I've been hard pressed to find paintings of pumpkins, trick or treaters, etc. Most of what is available was for promotion, post cards, or to decorate something else. I was searching for purely fine art Halloween-related pieces. I'll try to keep adding them until Halloween.
The Witch's Sabbath, by Luis Ricardo Falero
The bat is so similar in both of these paintings by Falero.
The Vision of Faust, by Luis Ricardo Falero
I like the subtle color palette and the moonlight shining through the bat's wing.
The Witch of Endor (detail), by Jacob van Oostsanen
She appears to be riding a skull of unidentifiable origin that is pulled by roosters. Weird.
Witches in the Air, by Francisco Goya
This one is so mysterious. It seems extra sinister to me because the witches are portrayed so differently from the typical hag with a black pointy hat on a broom. They are male, too--very unusual to see in a portrayal of a witch in art history. And, to make it all even creepier---I think they're actually about to eat their victim. Eeeek!
Witches, by Arthur Rackham
His muted palette lends itself perfectly to fall, especially Halloween.