How to Recognize the Artist (according to the Internet)






I know better than to take these as gospel, but they’re surprisingly accurate if not a little stereotypical. I laughed a lot harder than I should have at the van Eyck and Rembrandt ones. Other funny ones of note: Dappled light but no figures, it’s Monet. Dappled light and happy party-time people, it’s Renoir. Dappled light and unhappy party-time people, then it’s Manet. Anyone else –ahem, Lauren— reminded of the line from Ocean’s 11: “I always confuse Monet and Manet. Which one married his mistress?” “Monet.” “And Manet had syphilis.” “They also painted occasionally.” Oh, the things you find on the internet!

31 thoughts on “How to Recognize the Artist (according to the Internet)

    1. What sculpture was it at the museum that I said looked like you in the shower when I was 4?? xo

    1. It’s so true! Van Eyck was Belgian (we saw a statue of him in Bruges!) not Russian, so it makes it even funnier. xo

    1. I know, he’s ruined for me forever now! The Rembrandt hobos and Manet’s “unhappy party-time people” ones just about killed me. xo

  1. This is HILARIOUS and a totally helpful cheat sheet for people like me who can’t keep all these painters straight! The van Eyck tip is so spot on, it’s uncanny!

  2. this is incredible. i love the rembrandt one as well – definitely dim lights and hobos, but that’s the beauty of it!!!

  3. Laughed too hard at Eyck! I had never noticed that. A couple of semesters ago in my Art History courses, my professor would give really random ways to remember artist from artist; one of my favorites was “If you see creepy fingers being held up, it’s Justinian Jesus.”

    1. He was ahead of his time as far as internet memes go, that professor of yours! Helpful stuff! I can identify a lot of artists by their work, but this is a far funnier way to do it ;) xo

  4. Why oh why didn’t they teach this at school! I always mixed up Manet and Monet – now I’ll never forget!

  5. OMG, this is AWESOME! I’m laughing so hard this morning! I wondered where your sudden Ocean’s quote came from, and now I know why. (It was the first thing that popped into my head too!) I hated that I had to lose the thread so quickly when we were tweeting but we were scrambling to get to baseball and out the door. I’ll have to pick it up; I always have the best time when we do that.

    I wildly, madly, shamelessly adore this. :)

    1. Oh yeah, it doesn’t take much to get an Ocean’s quote stream going, and you are the first person I think of :) Don’t apologize, I kept myself entertained!
      Aren’t these hilarious? I wish I could take credit!! xo

    1. Haha, très stéréotypé, bien sûr, et pas toujours vrai, je sais. Mais très amusant! xo

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