Top 10 paintings that we have always misunderstood, attention revelation

Painting is not the prerogative of art critics: everyone can see what they want in it and refute the high-sounding analyzes that we clap with great fanfare of complicated words used to sound serious. That said, there are sometimes historical realities that the analysis does not always take into account. And that’s how entanglements are born over hundreds of years.

1. The Scream, by Edvard Munch

We often think that The Scream portrays the distress of an ultra-modern way lonely guy suddenly on a bridge. In reality, it seems that The Scream occurs at the time of the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, which occurred in Indonesia in 1883; the color of the glowing sky would be influenced by the eruption and the character would be frightened by the sudden arrival of this apocalypse atmosphere.

2. The Very Ugly Duchess, by Quentin Metsys

When you see this painting, the reaction, generally, is to say “damn but in the Renaissance they painted really filthy people anyway and they understood nothing about the brothel perspective. However, the painting is very clever and carries its own irony. Metsys actually puts in pictures a description of Erasmus of these ridiculous old aristocrats who continue to play the coquettes while they look like blunderbusses.

3. Luncheon on the Grass, by Manet

Very badly received during its presentation at the salon des refused, the lunch on the grass often passes for a kind of apology for the good life in the cool: guys eat and feast in the nature with a naked girl whose one imagines that she is not naked for nothing. In reality, Manet turned to mythological painting, the only one capable of displaying naked women without shocking anyone, and prepared his shroud by taking up his codes to better ridicule them.

4. The Persistence of Memory, by Dali

As often with Dali, the over-intellectualization of things leads to errors of appreciation. For years scholars have praised the skill of a painter who could pictorially translate a metaphor of a dilute and elusive space-time in response to Einstein’s theories, whereas Dali was content to paint a pie chart that flows and turn it into a watch because after all it was round too.

5. Black Iris, by Georgia O’Keeffe

For everyone, this iris painting is actually the painting of a woman’s sex disguised as a floral pattern. For everyone, but not for the artist who, all his life, affirmed that there was ABSOLUTELY nothing sexual in this painting which represented in everything and for everything… A black iris. Point.

6. The Arnolfini Spouses, by Jan van Eyck

We have it all wrong with this painting: already, we regularly think that it is about the marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini with Jeanne Cemani, but this marriage took place several years after the death of the painter Jan van Eyck. Then, the signature of the painting is not one: it does not write “by Jan van Eycke” but “Jan van Eycke was there”. In short: is it Arnolfini with his previous wife? Is the painting signed van Eycke? We do not know anything.

7. The Coronation of Napoleon, by David

An almost documentary painting of Napoleon’s coronation? My eye. David’s painting is an imperial commission and is in fact a real propaganda tool: already, the interior of the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral has been modified on the painting to look more like Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, baroque. Next, we see Napoleon placing his own crown on his head. In addition, Napoleon’s mother was absent during the ceremony and David makes her appear. In short, there is nothing real in all this.

8. Liberty Leading the People, by Delacroix

A revolutionary rant by Delacroix? Hmmm… Not quite. In reality, Delacroix was simply inspired by the Three glorious ones to paint a picture in tune with the times and increase his notoriety. Delacroix was not a revolutionary, he also explains in a letter that he went through the events of 1830 as a “walker”. Especially since power is one of its sponsors…

9. Guernica, by Picasso

This is how we imagine the trick: sickened to see the Francoists getting help from the Nazis and the Fascists to oppress the Spanish Republicans in the midst of the civil war, Picasso took his best brush and delivered a monumental work: Guernica. Not quite: in fact, Guernica was commissioned by the Republican government for the World’s Fair to raise international awareness of its cause. If one cannot question the republican sympathies of Picasso, it is clear that he would not have made this painting without the commission.

10. Olympia, by Manet

A mythological motif? No. Olympia is a prostitute, supported by a black servant like you would find in brothels – her look says a lot about the symbolism of the waiting customer. The cat has its tail raised. You see what I mean.

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