Bouguereau's 1850 painting of Dante and Virgil witnessing a homoerotic wrestling match that ends in cannibalism is pretty dark. I wonder what the wealthy and influential neo-conservative promoters of his painting (and a lot of pretty awful academic naturalism) think about this?
There were a lot of Fuseli paintings (not so good up close). Mad Kate is rather funny:
This lovely Redon was quite enchanting with its cold and presumably mildewed Gothic interior and the lit up stained glass.
I saw two young guys with cute punk haircuts staring at this Friedrich:
As expected, there were several Medusas, but Dardé's Eternal Sorrow (1913) was quite horrid and lovely.
Lévy-Dhurmer's Medusa / The Furious Wave has snakes that have turned into colorful seaweed (looking familiar and rather Atlantic in origin), lashing about in the water.
Because the show was ending with Surrealism, this was a really good set up for Hans Bellmer. Charles Jeandel made these bondage cyanotypes in the 1890s, but they were "discovered" in the 1980s.
There were many images of DEATH and Femmes Fatales, like Gauguin's Madame La Mort and Jean Delville's Idol of Perversity.
But nothing really prepared me for this quite amazing Léon Frédéric (one of my favorite Symbolist / Naturalist Belgians). This is Vanity (1893). She has it all. See through black blouse, red hair, skull AND hourglass and she is in a cemetery.