Henry Fuseli

In this second version of the Nachtmahr Fuseli heightens the threatening, incomprehensible scene by means of a vertical format and pallid colouration. The young woman lies twisted on the bed. A kobold crouches on her chest, a ghostly horse thrusts its head through the curtain. Despite its many allusions Fuseli’s most famous painting has no single literary source but gives his fascination with dreams an expression that shocked the contemporary public.