They barely resemble the first ones which, until 1968, were of modest dimensions and executed in pen and ballpoint. Since 1968 they have been large, averaging 40 in x 28 in, and are executed in charcoal. Strictly speaking, they are paintings in black and white - works which differ from painting neither in form not in subject. The charcoal technique allowed him an extended use of soft chiaroscuro in a "naturalist" manner. The charcoal pictures of Beksiński constitute one of the highest achievements of modern drawing. They show his rare skill in means of expression, which few artists have ever attained.
Music: Popol Vuh, 'Mantra 1': from the soundtrack album to Werner Herzog's 'Nosferatu the Vampyre' ('Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht'), SPV, 1978/2004