Tonight on Night Gallery, some art history references that layer characters and plot…
Adapting the H.P. Lovecraft story Pickman’s Model, the two characters recount the tale of the mysterious artist Pickman who exhibited the same misanthropic tendencies as the real Lovecraft did in his lifetime.
The two reference Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh so the audience will pick up that Pickman had some personal issues as Modern artists developed a reputation for. I did have one quibble though. The Pickman paintings themselves look almost too modern for the era which the artist lived in. To elucidate, Pickman lived in this old timey, possibly Old West town with the horse and buggy transportation system. The paintings felt so out-of-place. They resemble the art you see on the covers of contemporary fantasy books.
However, I noticed something in the main painting that drove the plot. It had a hidden face that no one acknowledges in the story. Something akin to the face found in Dali”s The Persistance of Memory. I wonder if the writers did this deliberately to try to drive the viewer insane, similar to a typical character in a Lovecraft tale.
Cool Air: The main character (of Spanish descent) when talking about his favorite artists, he references El Greco, Francisco Goya, and Diego Velasquez. Given the nature of the story, Spanish art acts as an amusing foreshadowing technique for the surprise ending
Camera Obscura: A Christmas Carol style tale that references John Constable and Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. The Camera Obscura itself has a long and ancient history, landscape artists mentioned in this episode died a couple of decades after Niepce took his first daguerreotype photograph.
The Painted Mirror: It starts about 37 minutes in when you click on the link. The episode name drops Maxfield Parrish as to reference a more glorious past to keep warm against a destitute present. The mirror that moves the plot forward and the shop owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor’s character shares the color scheme found in a typical Parrish painting.
Posted on August 28, 2012, in Art History Miscellany and tagged Diego Velasquez, El Greco, Francisco Goya, H.P. Lovecraft, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, John Constable, Maxfield Parrish, Niepce, Paul Gauguin, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, Vincent Van Gogh. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.