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Cheer Me Up! 10 Funniest DailyArt Magazine Articles Ever

Joanna Kaszubowska 17 July 2021 min Read

Celebrate the new DailyArt Magazine with us! For this occasion we prepared a list of the 10 funniest (or quirkiest?) articles in our Magazine! We hope they will pick up your mood and maybe get you searching for more fun with art.

1. The Best Star Wars and Classic Art Mashups

 10 Funniest Daily Art Magazine Articles - David Barton, Monet’s Vader With Parasol.
David Barton, Monet’s Vader With Parasol after Claude Monet, Woman with a Parasol, 1875. Pinterest.

What happens when the ultimate movie saga meets art?

2. 10 Times When Egon Schiele Mastered Hip Hop Hand Gestures

Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Lowered Head, 1912, Leopold Museum, Vienna
Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Lowered Head, 1912, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Is Egon Schiele trying to tell us something with his hands? In many of his paintings the hands take a central place, often showing a not-so-vaguely familiar gesture known to us from hip hop music videos.

3. Famous Lobsters in Art

Salvador Dali, Lobster Telephone, 1936, Tate 10 Funniest Daily Art Magazine Articles
Salvador Dali, Lobster Telephone, 1936, Tate, London, UK.

I don’t know why, but I find the word ‘lobster’ hilarious. Try saying it slowly 10 times. You can make it drawn out, looobsteeerrr, or short and snappy lob!ster! Lobster offers so many possibilities for such a short word.

4. How Would Superheroes Have Looked in the 17th Century?

Sacha Goldberger, Batman from Super Flemish series.
Sacha Goldberger, Batman from Super Flemish series. Pinterest.

In the 17th century only the rich and powerful could afford to have their portraits painted. In this day and age there is no one more powerful than a superhero. So, how would they would have been represented in the 17th century?

5. Fat Cat Art – Cat’s Guide to Classic Art

Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat after Edouard Manet's Olympia, 1863
Svetlana Petrova and Zarathustra the Cat after Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863. Fat Cat Art.

Yes, a fat cat can definitely make any painting better. What’s more, it can also replace any given sitter and increase the cuteness by a factor of 10. Check out which paintings Zarathustra the Cat decided to improve with his presence.

6. Fernando Botero and His Remakes of Classic Masterpieces

Fernando Botero, Mona Lisa, 1978, Botero Museum, Bogotá, Colombia
Fernando Botero, Mona Lisa, 1978, Botero Museum, Bogotá, Colombia.

Botero’s work always brings a smile to my face, not always a kind one, but it never fails to make me smile. I am a huge fan of his Crucifixion with Hulk Jesus, that I had a chance to see live in Palermo. Check out for yourselves if Botero makes you smile too!

7. The True Story of American Gothic According to SNL

American Gothic, Season 38, 2012. Saturday Night Live/NBC.
American Gothic, Season 38, 2012. Saturday Night Live/NBC.

Grant Wood asked his sister Nan and their dentist to pose for his famous painting. See how the posing day went according to Saturday Night Live!

8. When the Inquisition Met Nude Maja

Francisco Goya, The Nude Maja, c. 1797–1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid 10 Funniest Daily Art Magazine Articles
Francisco Goya, The Nude Maja, c. 1797-1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

It would be hard to say that “nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition” at the time Goya painted his naked Maja. The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Do you want to find out what happened when they discovered the painting?

9. Meet Famous Artists and Their Cats (Cuteness Overload)

Salvador Dali and his ocelot Babou in 1965.
Salvador Dali and his ocelot Babou in 1965. Wikimedia Commons (Library of Congress).

Find out which artists shared a love of their cats. Being more independent than dogs, cats adjust themselves better to artists’ routines. Also, the cat and its owner share a taste for freedom from society’s norms. Who owns who is really questionable in this relationship too.

10. Art Afterpieces. How Internet Didn’t Come Up with Anything New

Ward Kimball after Johannes Vermeer, The Art of Painting, 1668, in: Art AfterPieces by Ward Kimball, Simon & Schuster, 1964.
Ward Kimball after Johannes Vermeer, The Art of Painting, 1668, in: Art AfterPieces by Ward Kimball, Simon & Schuster, 1964.

Playing with the greatest masterpieces by adding contemporary elements to them, like inserting a smartphone into the hand of a Pre-Raphaelite lady, might seem a recent invention. Well, it is not.