Graveyard Shift The Darkest Paintings From Art History Any Goth Will Appreciate  

Christopher Shultz
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List Rules If you're Goth, vote up the works of art you'd proudly display in your home.

What defines "Goth art"? Much like every aspect of the subculture itself, there are numerous paintings created with the Goth aesthetic in mind. Still, there is a wealth of dark images created well before the concept of Goth ever came to fruition. Decades, even centuries before teenagers of all walks of life, including future famous celebrities, went through their so-called "Goth phases," artists crafted haunting depictions of death, disease, devils, and existential dread. Much of this gothic imagery can be considered "proto-Goth," in particular the poetic renderings of dying and suffering by John Everett Millais, and the anxiety-infused paintings by Edvard Much, especially his seminal work "The Scream," to name only two.

This collection of gothic paintings, created by some of the most renowned painters in history, works as a kind of beginners guide to the images that either directly inspired the Goth movement or inherently appeal to the Goth-minded individual, given their dark and even twisted leanings. 

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'Hell' By Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1490

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Photo: Hieronymus Bosch/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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'The Bat-Woman' By Albert Joseph Pénot, c. 1890

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Photo: Albert Joseph Pénot/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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'Skull With A Burning Cigarette' By Vincent Van Gogh, 1885-1886 

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Photo: Van Gogh Museum/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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'The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters' By Francisco Goya, 1799

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Photo: Francisco Goya/elson-Atkins Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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