The subject of the uncanny first made a name for itself with an article written by the German psychiatrist Ernst Jentch on a literary work. Subsequently, Sigmund Freud expanded the boundaries of the uncanny with aesthetics by conducting a more extensive research. Based on these expanding boundaries, this article focuses on important artists and their works in three art movements in which the concept of the uncanny is felt intensely. Although the uncanny is associated with meanings such as fear, anxiety, terror, enigma, ominous, it emerges as a rich theme in art despite all these seemingly negative characteristics. According to Freud, the uncanny is the reappearance of emotions that have been experienced before but have been repressed and forgotten over time. It can be said that "The Uncanny", one of Freud's extraordinary essays that illuminates the dark side of human beings, is still an interesting text for artists today. The fact that this text is analyzed on a literary work makes it more remarkable. This article reveals the different reflections of the uncanny in art movements such as Dark Romanticism, Surrealism and Hyperrealism and the effects of these movements on the audience. Dark Romanticism draws the viewer into mysterious and mystical atmospheres by blurring the boundaries between the natural and the supernatural. Surrealism opens the door to a surprising world with illogical images and dreamlike narratives. Hyperrealism, on the other hand, pushes the boundaries of reality and creates a false sense of reality in the viewer. The focus of this study is on how the aforementioned art movements handle the concept of the uncanny and what kind of an impact they leave on the viewer. Each movement reflects the spirit of its period and leaves different emotional and intellectual traces on the viewer. The mystical atmosphere of Dark Romanticism, the startling images of Surrealism and the play between reality and falsity of Hyperrealism allow the viewer to have a unique experience with works of art. The article examines the viewer's interaction with artworks and various aspects of the theme of the uncanny by considering the concept of the uncanny in art from different angles. These unique ways in which art deals with the theme of the uncanny leave a deep impact on the viewer's emotions and thoughts, and offer the opportunity to explore the universal and subjective characteristics of art.


Uncanny, Dark Romanticism, Surrealism, Hyperrealism.