Disclaimer: Gourbet’s “The Origin of the World”, translated from it’s original French title of “L’Origine du monde”, is considered NSFW due to it’s portrayal of the female body. It may be inappropriate to view it in a workplace setting. The world of art has always danced with what modern Western society would deem as “inappropriate”;
According to the tale, the artist who created The Anguished Man was a…lets just put it as a disturbed individual. Someone who mixed their own blood in with the oil when painting the piece and then committed suicide immediately after completing it, if you wish to know how disturbed. The Anguished Man, however, is more than that. It’s a beautifully horrific painting with an unproven backstory with, like everything on the internet these days, a god damned “cursed” theory.
From artistic animalism of tribes that had only just recently banded together to the portrayal of what mattered most to man within Neanderthal-esque cave paintings to the theology of Christian works of artistic ingenuity within the Byzantine chapels; many forms of art directly relate to humanity’s primitive ways of seeking faith and meditation.