The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.
Author Karl Kraus
I sat down the other night trying to paint a picture of the forest, but something was wrong and after about two hours, I gave up sloshed some white over it and turned the paper upside down. I looked in astonishment because I could see shapes and colours which looked very like a picture in my library book.A painting by Cezanne, The Chateau Noir!
Link to an image of the Chateau Noir by Cezanne HERE
So I set work again, and finished with a picture that had the same feeling to the image in the book, I later found brighter images on the internet than the colours in my library book.
Une Grande confusion coloree. Cezanne produced many paintings of the château which was built in the 18th century by an industrialist from Marseilles, who manufactured lampblack paint. Apparantly the interior walls and furniture of the château were painted black. As a result, the house was associated with black magic among the local people, who believed that the château was also home to the devil.
The unkept grounds were full of pine trees and the house was empty for most the year.
Link to Wikipedia about Cezanne HERE.
You could use the French word négligé for unkept or uncared for.
The word for devil is Diable!