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After Earth

Goya, The Black Paintings

Inspired By: The Black Paintings (Goya)

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film has a surprising link to Goya (him again). When the director visited Empire recently he told us that he had taken inspiration from Goya’s Black paintings, painted late in the artist’s life when the long grind of the Napoleonic wars and illness (possibly syphilis, perhaps depression depending on who you believe) had taken their toll. Goya painted some seriously dark and twisted scenes on the walls of his home in the south of France, which were painstakingly removed and preserved after his death. A few, like this Procession Of The Holy Office, show the sort of landscapes that feature in After Earth; others show mad gods eating their children and dogs dying in deserts. It’s pretty bleak stuff, basically, and has inspired a host of other artists as well as filmmakers (even some of the Bree scenes in Fellowship Of The Ring have a Black Paintings feel to them).

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35

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