Falero's The Departure of the Witches


71 Responses to “Falero's The Departure of the Witches”

  1. Brainspore says:

    Damnation never looked so good.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You can judge the period of the painting by the “model” of female beauty.

    So nice to look old-fashioned: these women are the exact opposite of the Playboy model. They have big hips (good for reproduction) and small tits.

    And I did enjoy the “old witches” with their tired old dugs hanging out.

    Sorry ladies, we all reach that stage eventually!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That looks like an air traffic controller’s worst nightmare.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, this may land boingboing.net on my company’s list of blocked sites again : (

  5. gravytop says:

    BOING BOING indeed. I’ll take the Bernadette Peters model at the bottom of the picture, even if that ass-grabby hag tags along.

  6. an0nymous says:

    Hey the boss just called me to come in to the office.
    I bet it’s a promotion!

  7. redteam says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been trying to find the name of this artist for a long time!!!!

  8. Felton says:

    This makes a pretty good soundtrack as well:

    Debussy’s String Quartet in Gm, 2nd Mvmt

  9. redteam says:

    Now – does anyone know who painted these lovely ladies?

  10. Chupacabara says:

    The witch that is queefing on the guys shoulder really offends me.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Here’s hoping the daily art appreciation actually starts happening…daily.

  12. Boba Fett Diop says:

    How come I never get invited to these parties?

  13. Thad E Ginataom says:

    Today’s art history appreciation moment: Nice tits!

    Unicorn chasers? Porn chasers of course! All this stuff was just an excuse to look at tits.

    Not, of course, that I have anything against tits!

    Actually (and just to show that I am an educated human being, not just a fan of tits) this reminds me of my favourite book: The Master And Margarita

  14. IamInnocent says:

    Don’t go!

  15. alllie says:

    So witches don’t get cellulite? Or stretch marks? No wonder they take up with the devil.

  16. Orchestra Spy says:

    sexy time.

  17. franko says:

    how come there are never any sexy warlocks?? : (

  18. sludig says:

    Why did we let them go? We are not smart.

  19. Mitch says:

    Oh, those witches like their shortbread and cookies!

  20. echolocate chocolate says:


  21. Art says:

    This was painted by hand.
    You know….paint… brushes…vision…genius.

    Is no one impressed?
    (Everyone would be drooling and applauding if it was a ‘shopped image)

  22. jfrancis says:

    Nice. I’ve never even heard of this before.

  23. dhalgren says:

    Thank You! This is freaking awesome. I dig the witch riding the goat! That’s hot.

  24. Thad E Ginataom says:

    Yes, I am very, very impressed that it was painted by hand. The human body, horses, and getting boat to look the right shape are among the great challenges to artists, which is why life painting is a vital part of the artist’s training.

    However, in terms of selling paintings and making a living, it’s still about …tits.

    Maybe its a shame that first, print, and then the internet, made porn without brushwork available to all? On the other hand, at least it lacks the hypocrisy of “this is art, not porn”.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Mmm…. That broomstick sure looks hard, pressed against her supple flesh. She’s got a tight grip on it. A little rough-play. Looks like she’s working it with her toes. Yeah baby, do it with your toes.

  26. jfrancis says:

    Actually the anatomy is beautifully observed. And the light even suggests to me the early-ish 20th century pinup illustration of people like Gil Elvgren

  27. toothandclaw says:

    Well, I’ve got my back piece picked out. Off to the tattoo shop! :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    I would like to formally request more of these instead of or in addition to unicorn chasers. Nice.

  29. Palefire says:

    So, which Harry Potter book is this from? Harry Potter and the Drunken Orgy?

  30. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Endora needs to pull up her caftan.

  31. Rich Keller says:

    It’s as if Goya had been reinterpreted by way of Bougereau. It also reminds me a little bit of the illustrations Dore had done for the Divine Comedy, not the anatomy so much as the dizzying composition.

  32. EscapingTheTrunk says:

    Judging by the bat’s silhouette against the moon, does anybody else think Commissioner Gordon is just a little bit disappointed when he turns on the signal and a dude in a cape shows up?

  33. Baron Karza says:

    Soundtrack: “Goliath and the Vampires” by Monster Magnet. Put that on and stare at the painting a while! I DARE you.

  34. Anonymous says:

    the witch is a metaphor for old age, from which all these beautiful voluptuous young woman are trying to escape.

  35. Anonymous says:

    :: word that describes this feeling ::
    Thank You!!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    au natural supernatural. Perhaps I’m just off kilter, but I find that classical depictions of women to be very beautiful rather than gratuitously sexual.

    Not entirely fitting to the mood, but

    The Cult – The Witch

  37. el_oyente says:

    That would make the most kick-ass album cover ever.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Oh my giddy aunt!

  39. Jesse Weinstein says:

    One puzzlement I noticed in the image is the hairpiece (or something) on the head of the male figure squeezing the ass of the lady in front. What /is/ that on his head? It looks like a cross between some kind of horns, and a mini-Cthulu.

  40. Rich Keller says:

    I’m listening to Berlioz’s Dream of a Witches Sabbath…


    It was composed about 40 years before the painting, but I think it fits pretty well.

    I really apreciated artists like Falero in college. They’d put their name and the date right at the bottom as if they knew I’d be taking a quiz during a slide presentation 100 some years later.

  41. Birko says:

    I think the original title is “Reaping for Brian May’s Locks”.

  42. theLadyfingers says:

    The only musical accompaniment that fits this is Diamanda Galás’ You Must Be Certain Of The Devil.

  43. technogeek says:

    Hm. Wonder how much it would cost to get something like that reproduced on my living room ceiling.

  44. awerich says:

    Wow, wicked.

  45. zuludaddy says:

    Very interesting to note the ‘bristle end’ forward, which I’d heard long ago is how witches were portrayed riding brooms prior to the advent of aerodynamics. Can anyone out there verify the business-end aft representation of broom riding only arising in the 20th century?

  46. skweltch says:

    I like the use of light and shade

  47. Rich Keller says:

    This is is the music I was trying to think of earlier…


    Lizt’s Mephisto Waltz I.

  48. jfrancis says:

    …and it has the skin-tone orange and teal color palette so popular in movies these days

  49. wylkyn says:

    Is that a pelican skeleton in the upper-right?

  50. Umbriel says:

    zuludaddy — I can’t offer “verification”, but I haven’t seen any aerodynamic depictions from before the 20th century, and I have at least one book from the 1970s that alludes to the “streamlining” switch.

    I think the specific basis for the “bristles forward” method is that witches were supposed to ride their brooms the way kids do (or at least did) when playing “horsie”.

    And I don’t know who anon #2 is spending time with, but I wouldn’t describe the young lady in the foreground as “small breasted”. “Deliriously hot” would be my choice of words.

    • zuludaddy says:

      Thx Umbriel,

      Yes, had the image of “horsie” in mind… Can tell you that a very smart Wiccan friend posits a drugs connection to the broomstick riding element of witchery: a paste or mush of psychotropic or hallucinogenic plant matter would be rubbed onto the handle, and, ummm… brought into the body via rubbing of the vulva on the treated handle, with exuberant – and decidedly unchurchly – results…

      As to the young lady in the bottom foreground: you, sir, are very most correct. I should like to get to know her better.

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