R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

John Anster Fitzgerald - After the Masked Ball (The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of)

Today’s “Ball” selection is from the fascinating British painter John Anster Fitzgerald. With elements of fantasy that recall the work of Hieronymus Bosch, Fitzgerald produced a wonderful range of output depicting demons, fairies, and ghouls, along with overt references to drugs. One might say he bridges the gap between Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” His presentation for “After the Ball” illustrates this indirect correlation as we observe unusual, nightmarish creatures gathering below the bed of our sleeping subject while visions from Dreamworld unfold overhead. Examining these faint visions, I question which are welcome and which might be present to torment our dreamer. Whatever these visions communicate, they undoubtedly show our subject processing the events of her evening, but why the presence of the creatures at the base of the bed? Perhaps they are not as fiendish as they seem; maybe they are somehow protecting her from the activity overhead.
Tags: before and after the ball march 2018
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