I take art seriously – most of the time. There are occasions, however, when I refrain from jealously guarding my craft, put down all the pointed art tools, and allow silliness to reign for a while. It’s healthier that way.
I’ve gathered for consideration ten paintings that, for one reason or another, are bound to make the viewer a tad uncomfortable. I could have added more examples. I mean, how many blobby Rubens gals does one need to view before blushing? How many objects does Hieronymous Bosch need to pull out from where the sun doesn’t shine before we start feeling embarrassed over his reckless imagination. You get the picture.
Because there isn’t always a lot of background on some of these works, I thought I would fill in the historical blanks and simply make it up.
|"American Gothic," Grant Wood. 1930.|
|"Brawl," Georges de La Tour. c. 1630|
|"Peasant Wedding Dance," Pieter Brueghel the Younger. 1607.|
|"The Ill-Matched Couple," Lucas Cranach the Elder. c. 1522.|
|"The Surgeon," Jan Sanders van Hemessen. 1555.|
|"The Peaceable Kingdom," Edward Hicks. 1826.|
|"Woman III," Willem De Kooning. c. 1952.|
|"Judith Beheading Holofernes," Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. c. 1599.|
|"Melun Diptych," Jean Fouquet. c. 1450.|
|"The Ugly Duchess," Quentin Matsys. c. 1513.|