Category: The Slaughterhouse Art Club

Paul Cadmus – Fantasia on a Theme by Dr S

Occasionally, I’ll unexpectedly find myself appreciating strange art, and Paul Cadmus’s painting is awfully strange in a viscerally eye-catching way. The colors and figures pop from the canvas like a 3D image. Honestly, the painting is disgusting in the same manner that films by John Waters are unsettling. It’s got almost a kitsch air about it. Fascinating how something that…

Belshazzar’s Feast – John Martin

This incredibly detailed and quite simply awe-inspiring painting is an example of my new favorite art category: Capriccio. Essentially, works in this genre involve “architectural fantasy” – vast monoliths, crumbling facades, people meandering through their fantastic surroundings as if nothing’s new. It’s like fantasy and science fiction art before those concepts even existed. I’m thoroughly enamored. For another example of…

I Can See the Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in It! – Roy Lichtenstein

Did you ever read The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a child? It features a series of illustrations and a single lines of text supposedly removed from larger stories. As a result, each image and accompanying line is deeply enigmatic and a remarkably fulfilling source of inspiration. Just skimming through the book leaves the reader with the sense that great…

Architectural Landscape with a Canal – Hubert Robert

For an 18th-century painter, Hubert Robert certainly has a remarkably deft touch with fantastical landscapes. Based on the title of this painting, I don’t think he was going for an “after the apocalypse” look, but he certainly hit that nail on the head. It’s images like these that plant the seeds of stories in my mind. Here we see gondolas…

The Singer Mondana and The Red Umbrella – Giovanni Boldini

Another pair of pieces by Boldini, again wonderfully bright and full of motion. The Singer Mondana focuses closely on the singer and the piano, leaving the rest of the scene to the imagination of the viewer. But it’s not difficult to fill in the blanks – a raucous music hall, packed with animated patrons. I’m more curious about the singer,…