Week Word: Sinister

This week’s word is from Diaro and it is sinister in honor of Friday the 13th. I never much got into certain days being evil or sinister, I am really not a big fan of Halloween. I guess growing up with a Dad who used to sing, “look at the sunny side of life…” I just never resonated with the notion of bad or sinister days.
However, there are definitely paintings that have a sinister element to them. According to my Word Dictionary, sinister is “giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen”, so here we go artists!
We have the old master’s sinister mythological painting,

Classical sinister

Then of course, the surrealists,


Then there is the plain weird, creepy art,

Creepy sinister art

And illustration haunting conniving art,

Haunting art

Van Gogh and his disturbing, sinister art,

Van Gogh

What do you think? Sinister enough?

Read more at: Week Word, Simplicity.


2 Responses to “Week Word: Sinister”
  1. John says:

    Just loved all the paintings, so deliciously sinister……………

  2. Carmen Hirkala (Biomouse) says:

    Great post and always such a treat to have a little art history tour to start the day. My take on sinister is probably a bit different than others, but I loved thinking about different artist’s and their art and what expectations the viewer might have of certain images-thanks Joye!

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