1 Miserabilism Miserabilism – have you heard of this trend? ⠀ It developed in France in the 1940s and 50s. Miserable means unhappy, outcast, miserable – this is exactly the impression the characters of Miserable paintings make. ⠀ What’s important to remember about Miserable:⠀ ▪️ is figurative art, that is, artists did not depict abstract forms but images from the real, visible world: people, things, interiors, landscapes, etc. The ▪️ trend emerged after World War II, not the happiest period in history. So the images of this art are melancholy, depressing and gloomy. No fun. ▪️ The main themes of the Miserabilists are loneliness, emptiness, vulnerability and doom. And even the seemingly neutral scenes are still imbued with a dramatic mood.⠀ ▪️ people are depicted exhausted and tired, and the most common motif is a lonely man in an empty interior. ▪️ Miserabilist paintings can look different. Bernard Buffet, for example, has a pronounced graphic beginning: strokes as if drawn with pencil or charcoal, pointed shapes, black outline; and Francis Grueber’s angular lines are joined by an emphasis on vivid, inflamed colors. ▪️ Miserabilism also manifested itself in sculpture. The works of Alberto Giacometti belong to this trend.