Taking 'eurotrash' seriously – but not too seriously
Le Douanier Rousseau? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rousseau
Thanks - this is just the kind of thing I'm after. It's interesting to read about how Rosseau was admired by the surrealists and rejected by the establishment of his time as being in dubious taste - the latter being a point that also applies to Argento I think.
Personally I'd suggest Pieter Bruegel (the Elder) as being a reference point. The perspective and style of the 'Plumage' painting certainly evokes Bruegel's 'The Hunters in the Snow', 'Census at Bethlehem' and others. Indeed, works like 'The Triumph of Death' and 'Mad Meg' certainly have a decidedly macabre element that one would think might appeal to Argento...His
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