Are These the World’s 7 Funniest Paintings?

Title: Are These the World’s 7 Funniest Paintings?

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“La Clairvoyance” — René Magritte, 1936

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The funny, far-out visions of surrealists like René Magritte and Salvador Dalí influenced decades of graphic humor, from Monty Python to New Yorker cartoons and beyond. In this self-portrait, Magritte demonstrates his wit and forward-thinking by studying an egg to paint the bird-to-be.

“The Flatterers” — Pieter Brueghel the Younger, 1592

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Pieter Brueghel the Elder was know as “Peasant Brueghel,” for all his chaotic scenes of lower-class life in the Netherlands; his first son, Brueghel the Younger, was known as “Hell Brueghel,” for all his depictions of, well, bleaker subjects. In “The Flatterers,” Hell Brueghel takes a break from the flames to show off his dark wit, and coins a timeless visual metaphor for suck-ups.

“The Experts” — Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, 1837

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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 baroque landscape. This style, where monkeys ape human behavior, is called a singerie (literally “monkey trick”), and is apparent in art back to ancient Egypt.

“Parody of the Fauve Painters” — Robert W. Chanler, 1913

“L.H.O.O.Q.” — Marcel Duchamp, 1919

“Youth Making A Face” — Adriaen Brouwer, 1632 – 1635

“Escaping Criticism” — Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874

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