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April 8, 2014

As a responsible blogger I feel that it is my duty to provide information
that you might need when browsing for art at flea markets, estate sales,
auctions or thrift shops.  (Remember the Faberge egg found at a flea market?)

This information will also come in handy at
least once in your life at a cocktail party.

If the images have dark backgrounds and everyone
has tortured expressions on their faces, it's Titian.
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), 1488-1576

Jan Van Eyck
If everyone - including the women - looks
like Vladimir Putin, it's van Eyck.
Jan van Eyck, 1390-1441

El Greco
If everything is highly-contrasted and sharp and
everyone has gaunt bearded faces, it's El Greco.
El Greco, born Domenikos Theotokopoulos,

Amerighi da Caravaggio
If all the men look like cow-eyed, curly-haired women
and there are clusters of grapes, it's Caravaggio.
Amerighi da Carravaggio, 1571-1610

If everyone is beautiful, semi-naked, and
looks guilty, it's Michelangelo.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni,

 Peter Paul Rubens
If everyone in the painting has enormous
rear-ends, it's Rubens.
Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640

If everyone looks like hobos illuminated only
by a dim streetlamp, it's Rembrandt.
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669

Edgar Degas
If all you see are ballerinas, it's Degas.
Edgar Degas, 1834-1917

Claude Monet
If it looks "dabby" and out of focus, it's a Monet.
Claude Monet, 1840-1926

Vincent van Gogh
If it looks like paint-by-numbers using
straw, it's van Gogh. 
Vincent Willem van Gogh, 1853-1890

Pablo Picasso
If you see a dozen eyes and noses but there's
only one person in the painting, it's Picasso.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, 1881-1973

Jackson Pollock
If it looks like your 3 year old could have painted it, it's Pollock.
Paul Jackson Pollock, 1912-1956

Andy Warhol:
"Art is whatever you can get away with."
Andy Warhol, 1928-1987

There you have it - your simplified guide to great
art over the last 500 years.  You're welcome.


  1. I'm sure there are Art History professors spewing coffee through their noses right now!

  2. hilarious! my little art students have studied quite a few of these artists this year

  3. :) How funny and how accurate! Thanks for this!

  4. This made me chuckle :D

  5. Love your analysis, it made me laugh!

  6. that I know what I am looking for at the flea markets and such via your analysis, hopefully I can find that painting that Antique Road show will worth $500,000 to 1,000,000 (I wish)

  7. This info--and post--is so good. I can see myself pulling it up (the post, that is) on my phone while browsing a flea market some day. Thanks!

  8. What a fun post, lots of laughs in this.


  9. This was hilarious - thank you for the laughs! xo Karen