The Father of Dark Art
Born Jheronimus van Aken circa 1450, Hieronymus Bosch's work was widely collected during his life, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of Hell. He was a pessimistic and fantasy artist of individualistic tastes. He greatly affected The Northern European art of the 16th century, with Pieter Bruegel the Elder and other famous artists following in his footsteps.
Art historian Walter Gibson, describes Bocsh's work as "a world of dreams [and] nightmares in which forms seem to flicker and change before our eyes". If we view Bosch as a product of his time, one with deep religious views that center on the punishment of sin, or one of more fantastical, even a dark surrealist before his time, the work stands on its own. Bosch is an original, an artist that stands beyond just reproductions of beauty or traditional taste and one that creates a world. This is a narrative that is inescapable.
While some scholars dismiss Bosch as an artist trapped in his time and religion others see him as a forerunner of art that is not consumed by reproduction and mere visual enjoyment. Long live the Bosch works that seem to take us away to another world, one influenced by our own but somehow still darker and unknown. In this manner we see Bosch as a father of the dark art we see today. This is art unafraid of the unknown and deeply surreal.
To our great surprise and excitement in 2016, Holland’s Noordbrabants Museum will curate the largest exhibition of the work of Hieronymus Bosch ever. The show, ‘Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of a Genius’ will include 20 paintings, both panels and triptychs, and 19 drawings. Read more here http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/hellscapes-and-earthly-delights-hieronymus-bosch-s-largest-exhibition and at Noordbrabants http://www.hetnoordbrabantsmuseum.nl/english/exhibitions/2016/jheronimus-bosch-(2016)/