By Henry Fuseli
Item #: 13908985A
31.5" x 23.5"
22" x 18" without border
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This fine art print is produced on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, using post-consumer and sustainably sourced paper, and soy-based inks. The detailed proofing process and standarized printing plates of offset lithography ensure this print reproduction maintains vivid colors and faithfulness to the original work of art.
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- The Artist
“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli probes the shadowy recesses of the psyche where sex and fear converge in a forbidden tryst. The exact meaning of the painting has been the subject of impassioned speculation for centuries, but the work’s wickedly erotic innuendo, menacing overtones and title imply that the slumbering woman pictured is besieged by overwhelming terror. Before creating this work, Fuseli (1747 – 1825) garnered respect for his powerful scenes from Shakespeare and Milton, which were exhibited at London’s Royal Academy. He wagered his entire reputation when he unveiled “The Nightmare,” which ignited controversy and fascination, firmly establishing Fuseli's artistic prowess and becoming his most famous painting.
A prominent Romantic artist, Henry Fuseli (1747 – 1825) regarded horrifying and grotesque subjects as fascinating and beautiful. Originally trained to be a priest, Fuseli instead became an artist, impassioned by the works of Michelangelo, whose style he strove to replicate during his career. A major portion of his works depicted scenes from Shakespeare and Milton, powerfully conveyed in his intense, imaginative style. Disturbing and erotic, “The Nightmare” was his best-known painting. It solidified his popularity as an artist, and has been reproduced in countless contexts. Ahead of his time, Fuseli strongly impacted the Expressionists and Surrealists.
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