THE DEAR DEPARTED

THE DEAR DEPARTED

You’re all familiar, I suppose, with mediums and séances, the slightly curdling nocturnal event in which the dead come back to visit through the good offices of a middleman or -woman. It’s a sport that lends itself to table tappings, some ghostly manifestations that float transparently across the room, and a few distant sepulchral voices. This painting offers a new side to the familiar séance, because it tells what happens when a séance is successful . . . but the appearing dead isn’t the one expected. Offered to you now on the Night Gallery, “The Dear Departed.”