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!

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April 23, 2014 / art / photo / LEAVE A COMMENT / 31


  • The older I get, the more I appreciate Rubens……

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

  • The Eyck one is hilarious!

    • 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

  • oh the van Eyck one made me burst out in laughter. so. true! but now i am never going to look at his work and not see putin. i mean the guy – seriously he does look exactly like putin. xo

    • 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

  • 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!

    • Haha they should offer a wallet-sized guide for museum goers ;) xo

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

    • He was a master at creating light, even (especially) dim light, I agree with you! xo

  • You have found my intellectual level. So helpful. Thanks. Triciax

    • Haha, thank the internet and whichever brilliant art enthusiast came up with it! xo

  • 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.”

    • 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

  • ha, brilliant. the Van Eyck made me burst out laughing. going to steel those for my FB page :) thanks

    • Ha! Then my work here is done :) xo

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

    • Unhappy party-time people! And one married with his mistress ;) xo

  • 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. :)

    • And yes, the Van Eyck is the best.

    • 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

  • oh my gosh this is amazing.
    the van Eyck one killed me!

    • That seems to be the crowd pleaser!! xo

  • Omg van Eyck – HAHAHAH love!

    • SO good, right? It’s uncanny! xo

  • C’est très stéréotypé mais j’ai beaucoup aimée surtout cela de Picasso ! xo

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

  • Ahahaha. Too funny!

    • I almost choked when I found them. Knew I had to share! xo

  • SO FUNNY! I am going to share this with my rents!

    • They will definitely get a kick out of it! xo