For this week’s installment — instead of focusing on a single painting, it seemed fitting in the spirit of Halloween to “treat” Highlark readers to a handful of creepy paintings by some of the creepiest art masters around.

To kick things off we have Franz Stuck’s “Autumn Evening” that features a shadowed rider with crows or bat’s circling overhead. This looks like the opening to a horror movie.

Autumn-Evening
Autumn-Evening

Next up is Hieronymus-Bosch’s “Death and the Miser” which although it is not Bosch’s most famous work manages to stack up with his other visual nightmares. Think “Where’s Waldo” on your own quest for creepy detail.

Death And The Miser
Death And The Miser

Next up we have Arnold Bocklin’s aptly titled “The Plague” with its scythe wielding rider looking fit for the cover of a heavy metal album or perhaps the inspiration for a rubber lawn skeleton.

The Plague
The Plague

And finally we have Goya‘s “The Yard of a Madhouse” … yes, we featured Goya last week, but what can we say — he’s a creepy dude. Goya’s “The Yard of a Madhouse” would make a great inspiration for a terrifying Halloween “fun house.”

The Yard Of A Madhouse
The Yard Of A Madhouse

If you’re inclined to look for more creepy inspirations, any of the above artists mentioned here could keep you busy for hours.