Scary, creepy, rustling, noisy - Theodor Kittelsen. 1900
Dark dense forest, night, ghostly cold light of the moon, strange sounds, frighteningly unfamiliar outlines of objects, swaying shadows: these are all primitive fears that have accumulated in the minds of every person, almost from the very moment of the emergence of humanity as such. Everyone is afraid of the dark and the unknown, it’s just that some hide it pretty well. The picture of the Norwegian master is not just a successful and expressive illustration for the tales and traditions of his country. The canvas captures eternal fears that subjugate a person to himself in an alien place.
The night forest is full of ghosts. If you look at this place during the day, it turns out that we have before us the huge roots of a powerful, old tree twisted by a storm. It has long been laid down, because bearded moss has settled on its rhizome and has rapidly grown. During the day it may even seem picturesque and attractive, but at night it is embodied horror. In the dark, the branches, roots and “strands” of moss form a frightening picture - something gigantic, shapeless, waving its huge paws, rustling, noisy, frightening to loss of consciousness, moves through the forest.
The eerie atmosphere in the picture is supported by a gloomy color scheme, which dilutes only the cold shade of yellow with which the moon shines. The movements add short, ragged strokes and dashes, making it seem that a static image comes to life and really makes frightening sounds.