Trick or Treating in the Collection

Albert Pinkham Ryder, Macbeth and the Witches

Albert Pinkham Ryder, Macbeth and the Witches, after mid-1890s. Oil on canvas, 28 1/4 x 35 3/4 in. Acquired 1940. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

Who knew you could find so many dark images in our collection to get your spirit ready for Halloween? We’ve got ghost towns, floods, and graveyard times. There are dead trees, three dead birds, witches and spooks! Bonfires, dark rivers, and dark entrances. There is also an artist or two who could be considered a little creepy, an ominous man in the grass and a ghostly portrait.

What are your favorite works of art for sending a chill up your spine?

5 thoughts on “Trick or Treating in the Collection

  1. A little poem to mark the occasion:

    The Art of the Ghostly

    Witches make bonfires of the dead
    trees, let loose creepy little spooks
    into ghost towns. Three dead birds
    sit for their ominous portrait, dark
    as the spirit-ready rivers entering
    the graveyards. Oil floods a canvas
    of grass. There, the artist finds his
    own chilling image at the entrance
    to The Phillips’ Halloween Collection.

    • Thanks, Maureen! We love your ode to Halloween at TPC. There really was great spooky fodder to be had in the collection. Who knew a poem would be the result?

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