We cannot really assert that the era of dictators and rulers with absolute power is a thing of the past. The members of the Miroir Noir group personified this certainly crucial topic in Lenin, Stalin and Franco, i.e. in the dictators that were supposed to be exposed after death as idols – both to the venerating crowds and to the photographers did what they could with their cameras. They tried to record and capture the final image of “immortality” and also to capture something naturally unobservable – a strange aura of charisma and power. In these paintings we can see a portion of that aura, or rather a hellish, sinister luminescence.