Hieronymus Bosch - The First Surrealist
The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch
Little is known about the life of Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), he was undoubtedly one of the most visionary artists of his era. his paintings are often of fantastical landscapes and preposterous scenes of the imagination.
He is described as the first surrealist.
In his mysterious and enigmatic allegorical triptych, one of his best known paintings "Garden of Earthly Delights" which is actually an incredibly significant painting to the genre of erotic art. Paintings arranged as a triptych with three internal panels and two external panels that can be folded over the internal panels, making a total of five individual paintings in the triptych, rare composition, it does lack color and appears almost monochrome. This is known as a Grisaille style and was popular around Bosch's time. We then open the panels and the triptych explodes with color and movement.