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The beautiful and bizarre imagery of this popular Polish surrealist is now collected in an elegantly designed treasury. 60 color illustrations. 10 photos.


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The beautiful and bizarre imagery of this popular Polish surrealist is now collected in an elegantly designed treasury. 60 color illustrations. 10 photos.

30 review for The Fantastic Art of Beksinski

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fereshteh

    اگه قیامت و آخرالزمانی باشه، بدون شک تکرار نقاشی های بکسینسکی در عالم واقعیت خواهد بود نقاشی های سوررئال و کابوس وار که خیره شدن بهشون حسی ناگهانی ازافسردگی و مرگ و پایان دنیا رو به قلبتون پمپاژ می کنند.اسکلت..بیابان..خشکی..خرابه ها...نبود هیچ اثری از زندگی همه المان هایی هستند که به وفور در آثار بکسینسکی دیده می شوند اگه قیامت و آخرالزمانی باشه، بدون شک تکرار نقاشی های بکسینسکی در عالم واقعیت خواهد بود نقاشی های سوررئال و کابوس وار که خیره شدن بهشون حسی ناگهانی ازافسردگی و مرگ و پایان دنیا رو به قلبتون پمپاژ می کنند.اسکلت..بیابان..خشکی..خرابه ها...نبود هیچ اثری از زندگی همه المان هایی هستند که به وفور در آثار بکسینسکی دیده می شوند

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    Beksinski was a VERY gifted artist. Not just in talent, but in mind, too. He was very connected to the unconscious self and reflected these in his absurdly vivid and dreamlike paintings. It's not too surprising that he would rail against symbolism or abstract "meaning" granted by the artist to the painting, and I'm pretty glad that he didn't symbolize with his work. He's one of the few surrealists that I've liked for that very reason. Each piece has its own inherent truths belonging to an otherwo Beksinski was a VERY gifted artist. Not just in talent, but in mind, too. He was very connected to the unconscious self and reflected these in his absurdly vivid and dreamlike paintings. It's not too surprising that he would rail against symbolism or abstract "meaning" granted by the artist to the painting, and I'm pretty glad that he didn't symbolize with his work. He's one of the few surrealists that I've liked for that very reason. Each piece has its own inherent truths belonging to an otherworld that somehow reflects the truth of our own reality - it is volatile and temporal, yet surrounds an underlying, eternal absolute, and strives toward it no matter what happens. I'm sure this book is worth many enjoyable hours of staring-at that I have yet to get around to.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara Alaee

    A full 5 stars because of the fantastic artwork, the brilliant use of colors and the surprising dream-like paintings. P.S. OK I can't deny that I felt bad at some points while looking at the pictures. Horror's still not my type! A full 5 stars because of the fantastic artwork, the brilliant use of colors and the surprising dream-like paintings. P.S. OK I can't deny that I felt bad at some points while looking at the pictures. Horror's still not my type!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    It is surprising that Beksinski is not a household name in the West, like Dali or Geiger. His apocalyptic imagery is a more nightmarish vision of the world than that of the Surrealists, perhaps closer to the world of the Baroque, and it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that - as a child, just after the war - he badly injured his left hand unscrewing the head of a mine. His paintings have a very Central European quality about them, like Grunewald’s “Issenheim Altarpiece”. There is something ab It is surprising that Beksinski is not a household name in the West, like Dali or Geiger. His apocalyptic imagery is a more nightmarish vision of the world than that of the Surrealists, perhaps closer to the world of the Baroque, and it hardly comes as a surprise to learn that - as a child, just after the war - he badly injured his left hand unscrewing the head of a mine. His paintings have a very Central European quality about them, like Grunewald’s “Issenheim Altarpiece”. There is something about them that suggests the chaotic that lies just under the surface; bodies in the rubbish pile (like Zbigniew Cybulski in the last moments of Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds”). There’s even a suggestion of ethnic cleansing. Crumbling cities, whole cemeteries thrown up, tombstones, mutated semi-human forms scuttling with bandaged heads through burning cities. His murder, by the son of a close friend in an argument over money, has quite an ironic touch to it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A.P. Sweet

    Beksinski has no equal when it comes to putting emotion into the painting. No other painter moves me as much as he does. Even though literature wasn't his medium to communicate in, he uses language like a paint brush. His philosophy and insight is something to take with you everyday. A true artist and an inspiration for my work. Rest in peace and thank you for your gift. Beksinski has no equal when it comes to putting emotion into the painting. No other painter moves me as much as he does. Even though literature wasn't his medium to communicate in, he uses language like a paint brush. His philosophy and insight is something to take with you everyday. A true artist and an inspiration for my work. Rest in peace and thank you for your gift.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This man is amazing! His use of color is brilliant. I greatly enjoy the carnage look to all of his work. I wish I could rate this book a 10! I would seriously plaster my walls with his artwork if it would freak the hell out of my roommates. :}

  7. 4 out of 5

    Juushika

    Art primarily from Beksiński's "fantastic realism" period, ~1960s-80s, with a few examples of his later work. I love this artist and his bewitching nightmarescapes. He has the most remarkable organic greebling--a texture like hands/bones/branches/roots/veins which stretches across faces and buildings indiscriminately, thus uniting organic/inorganic, alive/dead, personal/public. It's uncomfortable and intricate, an exceedingly effective body horror and an invitation to linger over the details of Art primarily from Beksiński's "fantastic realism" period, ~1960s-80s, with a few examples of his later work. I love this artist and his bewitching nightmarescapes. He has the most remarkable organic greebling--a texture like hands/bones/branches/roots/veins which stretches across faces and buildings indiscriminately, thus uniting organic/inorganic, alive/dead, personal/public. It's uncomfortable and intricate, an exceedingly effective body horror and an invitation to linger over the details of the alien landscapes. (His later paintings are brighter and sometimes simpler, and I generally don't find them as evocative; his digital manipulations are thematically similar but unfortunately show their age.) "In a dream, you can see a man who has a piece of raw meat instead of a head. This man is lying on the ground and actually growing into it, all the while carrying on a conversation with you. This situation (from a dream of mine) is not surprising or terrifying to you. It is a normal enough dream. It is only after you awake and analyze the details, that you notice that almost everything in the dream was strange and would have been terrifying if you had encountered it in your waking hours. It is a literal vision, but at the same time, blood is not blood here, pain is not pain, crime is no crime, and there is nothing to protest against, as it would be equally meaningful to protest against the fact that snow is falling." But insofar as the benefit of picking up a print volume rather than browsing the artist's work online is print quality, accessibility, and curation, this is ... just okay. I enjoy lingering over a physical print, and the image quality is fine. But thick borders steal real estate from large paintings and the quotes from interviews, etc., while insightful, grow overbearing and are chock full of unfortunate typos. An imperfect imprint, but a beloved artist, and I'm glad I took the time to really sit with his art.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Morpheus Lunae

    One thing first: This book is out of print and despite having had a few reprints it's quite expensive. Therefore it's not a great entry point to the works of Beksinski, unfortunately. The reproductions and the printing quality are "passable" at best even though the format itself is nice and large for the collection of mainly oil paintings of his "fantastic period" in this book. However, the best thing this book has to offer are the various snippets and quotes from Beksinski interspersed with the One thing first: This book is out of print and despite having had a few reprints it's quite expensive. Therefore it's not a great entry point to the works of Beksinski, unfortunately. The reproductions and the printing quality are "passable" at best even though the format itself is nice and large for the collection of mainly oil paintings of his "fantastic period" in this book. However, the best thing this book has to offer are the various snippets and quotes from Beksinski interspersed with the reproductions. Those were quite a delight.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Minotaur Mangum

    Brilliant paintings though I would've wished for more of them. The book is a bit slight. But it's less a star due to the text, featuring quotes from Beksinski, who like most artists is loath to explain or define his work. These are riddled with typos. Brilliant paintings though I would've wished for more of them. The book is a bit slight. But it's less a star due to the text, featuring quotes from Beksinski, who like most artists is loath to explain or define his work. These are riddled with typos.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bskee

    Beautiful, haunting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sparrow

    What a goddamn icon. Taken from us too soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yamen Saimouaa

    When you mix depression, drugs and shit ton of talent you get something like this

  13. 4 out of 5

    Blake E

    my favorite artist

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Bodak

    An amazing artist.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Max Sargeson

    The art of Zdzislaw Beksinski is particularly interesting because by painting these grotesque, fantastic and surreal scenes in such amazing detail he drew attention to the limits of our visual perception; it's my theory that when we are looking upon the portrayed scenery of representative artworks the largely subconscious process by which we evaluate their degree of realism and believability is not so much one of picking up upon the individual fine details; blades of grass, eyelashes, dappled sh The art of Zdzislaw Beksinski is particularly interesting because by painting these grotesque, fantastic and surreal scenes in such amazing detail he drew attention to the limits of our visual perception; it's my theory that when we are looking upon the portrayed scenery of representative artworks the largely subconscious process by which we evaluate their degree of realism and believability is not so much one of picking up upon the individual fine details; blades of grass, eyelashes, dappled shadow etc. all of which occupy no more than a fleeting instant of our visual memory, but rather seizing upon the notable incongruities whereby the depicted objects depart from our instinctive conception of their ideal and archetypal form, and it is when an artist, conscious of these limits to imagination that need to be respected in his endeavours still manages to impart such a degree of lifelike realism even to alien forms which never existed that he comes very close to opening to the viewer an accessible dreamscape whereby the figments of the artist's inner world can be felt on an implicit emotional level, as Beksinski said "I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams". Thus Beksinski's paintings, a tableau of realistic surrealism, have a degree of depth and transcendence which the relatively cartoonish work of Salvador Dali for instance did not achieve.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric T. Voigt

    Technically I looked at all the paintings and read select(ed at random) excerpts of the text about him and spoken by him.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  18. 5 out of 5

    Henry Vaughn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nowenen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sariena

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Fulljames

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mateusz Dżepetto

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Gretchen

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Cornwell

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josip

  29. 4 out of 5

    lepetitcheval

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dale Winslow

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