The baffling world of modern art may look puzzling since the artists’ main ideas are not obvious in each masterpiece. But you’ll be definitely interested to know what the artists were trying to say while creating their works of art, because collectors pay huge sums of money for the works of modern artists and millions of tourists are ready to spend hours in lines to be able to have a look at these masterpieces.
Bright Side has attempted to “decrypt” the hidden meanings of the most famous paintings. And they’re not that clear or obvious, by the way. So keep that in mind.
Lactulose, Damien Hirst, 2017
Damien Hirst, from Great Britain, is the wealthiest artist in the world. He’s been experimenting with colored circles for 25 years — it’s his brand. He uses them to talk about death.
The thing is, these are not just spots, but homeopathic pills. The artist is preoccupied with health in our modern society. The titles for his paintings created in his Spot painting technique were taken from the Sigma-Aldrich Catalog of Chemical Compounds.
The titles are grouped according to the type of medicine. The largest group are pharmaceutical products. Spot colors correspond to the letters in the formulas of psychoactive substances.
The Two Fridas, Frida Kahlo, 1939
The Two Fridas is kind of an autobiography of the most famous Mexican artist. By the way, all of her paintings are self-portraits.
According to the most common interpretation, this particular painting depicts a tragic event in Frida’s life — the breakup with her husband, artist Diego Rivera. The painting was finished in 1939, soon after their divorce. There are 2 Fridas, 2 different images, depicted. On the right, there is the Frida Diego used to love, on the left, there’s the Frida he betrayed. She’s trying to show the difference between her love and their close ties that remain, even after the divorce, and her deep loneliness and broken heart.
Walk, Marc Chagall, 1917–1918
Walk is one of the most famous of Chagall’s works. The artist’s paintings are also autobiographical, so the man and woman depicted in Walk are the artist himself and his wife Bella. He’s standing on the ground, she’s floating in the sky, but they’re together. Despite the distance, they’re holding hands, and overcoming the laws of gravity.
Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement, Joan Miró, 1935
This painting is one of 12 works created by the Catalan artist Joan Miró during civil disorder in Spain. At first glance, it’s completely unclear who these scary dancing beasts are. But we immediately notice the bright colors that contrast with the black apocalyptic background.
In fact, the artist wanted to show the horror of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939.) The pile of excrement in the bright yellow color are fascist ambitions, the dark orange area represents the victims of the war, and the red hands are blood.
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Paul Gauguin, 1897–1898
From the beginning of his career, Paul Gauguin had wanted to depict his thoughts about life and death. In 1897, he started working on Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, and by the end of December, the work was finished.
The painting should be read from right to left, as if it were an ancient sacred scroll. There are 3 major figure groups. Young women with a sleeping baby illustrate the beginning of life. Another group symbolizes the daily existence of young adulthood. In the final group, an old lady approaching death is the symbol of impending doom.
Campbell’s Soup Cans, Andy Warhol, 1962
Andy Warhol is an American artist and an iconic person in the history of pop art. His works are minimalistic: he used to create objects in the simplest and most easily recognizable forms. Let’s have a look at his popular Campbell’s Soup Cans.
In 1949, Warhol got his bachelor’s degree and started looking for a source of inspiration, trying to create something that had never existed before. The artist used to experiment a lot before he got a tip from interior decorator Muriel Latow, “Paint something you see every day and something that everybody would recognize. Something like a can of Campbell’s Soup.” So this is how the story of the painting began.
Birkenau, Gerhard Richter, 2014
The abstract Birkenau series is the work of modern artist Gerhard Richter and is devoted to concentration camp prisoners. The artist was impressed by photos of corpses from 1944, which were being prepared for cremation.
Richter projected the photos on his canvas, then he applied paint, layer by layer, to create an exact form of the mountain of corpses and the other parts of nature, depicted in a series of photos taken in Birkenau.
Orange, Red, Yellow, Mark Rothko, 1961
Orange, Red, Yellow is a painting by American artist Mark Rothko created in 1961. In 2012, it was sold for $86 million at an auction.
In fact, we don’t have to look for any hidden meanings or images in Rothko’s works. We need to perceive them in a different way: focus on your feeling that this or that color in the painting causes. The artist’s aim was to let people experience all emotions, illustrated in the depth of the colors.
The Three Ages of Woman, Gustav Klimt, 1905
The Three Ages of Woman is one of the most recognizable works of the Austrian artist. In 1911, it won a gold medal during an international exhibition in Rome.
The painting is the brightest example of Klimt’s symbolic works. On the right, there’s a little girl, in the middle, there’s a woman holding this girl, and on the left, there’s an old lady trying to hide her face. The more we look at this art, the more we are sure that it’s not 3 generations from one family, it’s one and the same woman during the different stages of her life. The work symbolizes a life cycle.
Café Terrace at Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1888
At first glance, we don’t notice anything unusual in this painting. But researcher Jared Baxter, who used to study the artist’s works, said that the painting might be an allusion to The Last Supper.
If we have a closer look, we can see a waiter in a white tunic dress standing in the middle. He’s surrounded by 12 people and there’s a cross shine in the background of the composition.
What were you thinking about while looking at these paintings?
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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