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Millard Sheets, Keyhole Fantasy, Watercolor, George Stern Fine Arts. Click to inquire

While most artworks that we encounter in various art institutions represent familiar forms: people, landscapes, everyday objects, there has always been an underlying tradition in the history of art to depict fantastical, dream-like subjects which sometimes verge on the psychedelic (case in point: Hieronymus Bosch?s Garden of Earthly Delights).

Leonard Baskin, Saint Anthony with the Red Monster, Wood engraving, Denenberg Fine Art. Click to inquire

William Sanderson, Dream Flowers, Oil, David Cook Fine Art. Click to inquire

Gustave Baumann, Monterey Cypress, Woodblock, William A. Karges Fine Art. Click to inquire

A fascination for myths and dreams has always influenced an artist?s narrative and has evolved to include a canvas with unnatural colors and exaggerated forms. Surrealist works, delving into the realm of dreams, produce undulating silhouettes illustrating the the un-illustratable.

Walter Plate, Dream Sequence #V, Oil on canvas. Levis Fine Art. Click to inquire

Douglas Walter Johnson, Strange Dream II, Gouache on paper. Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Click to inquire

While ignoring reality?s proportions, these canvases entertain and perplex. Perhaps visualizing the psyche of their creators, works of the supernatural are the products of an amplified imagination.

Grace Hartigan, The Dream, Oil on canvas, Levis Fine Art. Click to inquire

Bertram Hartman, Exotic Fantasy, Oil on canvas, Abby M Taylor Fine Art. Click to inquire