by Jen Graves
on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Courtesy of The National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
This fallen angel is mad. Mad, I tell you.
Happy Halloween! I spent this morning at the Frye Art Museum's press preview for the new Franz von Stuck exhibition, opening Saturday. Von Stuck is a full-blooded symbolist weirdo. There are many wha-wha-WHA? moments in the show, which I definitely recommend. It's a peek into the 19th century that you won't get anywhere else around here.
Above is von Stuck's Lucifer, painted in 1890. It's 63 by 60 inches—five feet tall—and lives at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's never before been across the Atlantic. What a stunner.
Unlike all of those, Von Stuck's is a personal portrait of Lucifer. Despite the intensity of his eyes, he isn't a monster. He's an infuriated angel, about to do something rash. He's almost relatable, and still terrifying. BOO.