This study is a shot of the River Styx from the polarizing film The House that Jack Built by Lars von Trier originally inspired by “The Barque of Dante” by painter Eugene Delacroix. This film though eerily violent and monstrous has some fantastic and surreal cinematography and themes. In the third act Jack descends into the levels of hell guided by the poet Virgil much akin to the story of Dante’s inferno. By the end of the film Jack is consumed by his hubris and narcissism and falls from a great height to be consumed by the fires of hell. This painting depicts two travelers on The River Styx ferried by Charon crossing the border that divides the underworld from the world of the living.
Drawn and Painted on a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop CC