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High Anxiety: The surreal & disturbingly dreamlike paintings of George Tooker

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High Anxiety: The surreal & disturbingly dreamlike paintings of George Tooker
‘Children and Spastics’ (1946).   Looking at George Tooker’s painting “Subway” (1950), with its central figure of a woman (possibly pregnant) walking among the clean, cold, and slightly dehumanizing landscape of an underground station with its suspicious looking men in trench coats and hats, reminded me of the opening lines to Dante’s Inferno: Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the...
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