Boo! Images of the Macabre

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Aug. 21, 2024 - Oct. 30, 2016

401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, 21741
(301) 739-5727

Why are we so fascinated by images of the macabre? Exploring our fears inspires a quickening of the pulse and heightens our awareness of the mysteries of life–and death. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote that the artist’s role is to give expression to the shadowed side of humankind, which usually dwells below the level of consciousness. He advocated forcing shadows into the light in order to master dark impulses and maintain a healthy balance.

As a prelude to Hagerstown’s annual Halloween festivities, visitors will be invited to engage their subconscious curiosity and fascination for the macabre through art that explores eerie landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures, and other mysterious intersections of reality and imagination. Highlights include works by Hendrik Goltzius, Kathe Kolwitz, Salvador Dali, and Luis Jimenez.


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