Are These the World’south 7 Funniest Paintings?
Express mirth along on a guided tour of history’s best-painted puns.
“La Clairvoyance” — René Magritte, 1936
The funny, far-out visions of surrealists like René Magritte and Salvador Dalí influenced decades of graphic sense of humor, from Monty Python to
cartoons and beyond. In this self-portrait, Magritte demonstrates his wit and forwards-thinking by studying an egg to paint the birdhoped-for.
Pieter Brueghel the Younger
“The Flatterers” — Pieter Brueghel the Younger, 1592
Pieter Brueghel the Elder was know as “Peasant Brueghel,” for all his chaotic scenes of lower-class life in holland; his commencement son, Brueghel the Younger, was known as “Hell Brueghel,” for all his depictions of, well,
subjects. In “The Flatterers,” Hell Brueghel takes a suspension from the flames to testify off his night wit, and coins a timeless visual metaphor for suck-ups. Fine art museums are popular, but you’ve never heard of these weird museums you had no thought existed.
“The Experts” — Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, 1837
When the French Academy of Painting rejected several works by Decamps for being too experimental, he responded with this loving portrait. “The Experts” depicts several serious art critics in chimpanzee glory, over-analyzing a bizarre landscape. This style, where monkeys ape human behavior, is called a
(literally “monkey pull a fast one on”), and is apparent in art back to ancient Egypt. You’ll laugh out loud at these 16 cartoons that prove daily life is too funny to make up.
Robert Winthrop Chanler
“Parody of the Fauve Painters” — Robert Westward. Chanler, 1913
When the 1913 Armory Show brought piece of work past Picasso, Duchamp, and Matisse to New York for their first major bear witness, not all viewers appreciated their style. Robert Chanler, a local artist and hobnobber, took particular crime with Matisse’south bold, wildly-painted nudes and created “Parody of the Fauve Painters,” a
which casts Matisse as head chimp, surrounded past doting students and controversial canvases. Subtle, no. Simply at least Chanler took his time to dig at Matisse with style.
“Youth Making A Face” — Adriaen Brouwer, 1632 – 1635
Dutch Golden Age artists loved kinetic scenes of daily life, some idealized, others…not and so much. The crude, mocking boy in this mugshot by Adriaen Brouwer may stand up in for a crude, mocking painter; Brouwer, notorious for his unkempt advent, in one case bought a fancy suit for a hymeneals, showed upward for dinner, and immediately started smearing pies all over his clothes. “Since it was the suit, rather than the man wearing information technology, that had been invited,” Brouwer announced, as cited by the National Gallery of Fine art, “it deserves to feast on the food.” Check out these pieces of hilariously beautiful art made by kids.
Pere Borrell del Caso
“Escaping Criticism” — Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874
Preempting the surrealists, Spain’southward del Caso blurred the lines betwixt image and reality with this bug-eyed boy’south desperate escape from gallery prison. Such a convincing
(that’s art-talk for “optical illusion”) may’ve baffled equally many 19th century viewers as it amused, although modern internet users probably understand the need to flee from trolls.
“50.H.O.O.Q.” — Marcel Duchamp, 1919
Famous for once submitting a shop-bought urinal to an art exhibition, prankster/painter Duchamp made waves with his satiric “readymades”: pre-manufactured objects slightly modified to take on new pregnant. In “L.H.O.O.Q.,” Duchamp jokes about Renaissance values past penciling a Van Dyke onto Da Vinci’due south masterpiece. As for the title? That’south a joke too: spoken aloud, the letters mimic the French phrase “Elle a chaud au cul,” which literally translates to, “She is hot in the behind.” Don’t miss these secret messages hiding in famous paintings—including the Mona Lisa.
Originally Published: April 19, 2018