Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Spanish painter Luis Ricardo Falero's 1878 "Sorcieres qui vont au Sabbat," also known as "Departure of the Witches." Endlessly replicating clouds of bewitchingly sensual ladies, who are not always as they seem, is not exactly unknown imagery in our tradition. Seems that Falero (1851-1896) repeatedly explored this theme throughout his short life and career, eventually arriving at his idealized "red witch" in 1880:

Hmmm.... now where did I hear about nude, red, sky travelers who are goddesses of enchantment? Seems to be a definite thread running through Falero's work, doesn't it?

Falero didn't live very long. One fine day, the sky-going ladies came to fetch him, as is their custom.  He died in London, aged 45. However, he was definitely on to something, don't you think?

Anyway... that is our spooky Hallowe'en story for you... whispered 'round the campfire as October makes its exit. For a much more interesting Hallowe'en story, click here.

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