With Halloween just around the corner – and growing ever more popular as a special occasion in the UK market – the wonderful Bridgeman Art provides some spook inspiration for card publishers seeking artwork for the witching hour.
First up in the picture post is this vintage colour litho of a witch on her broom, complete with black cats, owl and the all-important pumpkin. This image is held in a private collection with rights held by the Bridgeman Library.
If it’s something a little more haunted-looking your after then this creepy but ethereal oil on canvas, Abbey in Oak grove (Abtei im Eichwald), 1810, by wonderful German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) should do the trick.
Last but not least we have a multi-cultural variant on the theme with ‘La Calavera de la Catrina’, a 1913 zinc etching by Jose Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913), created in honour of Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead.