Zdzisław Beksiński – 24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and scluptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gohtic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings.

Beksiński was murdered in 2005.

This guy is hands down my favourite artist. The best part is that he never puts names to his pictures, leaving us to the wonder and pant-wetting terror of our own interpretations. I always hate when people try and put names to his pictures, it seem pointless and trivializing. With the exception of this picture:

Which I will forever maintain should be titled ‘Time-Lapse Photograph Outside an Auschwitz Gas Chamber’.


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