There have been many celebrated pieces of art throughout history that have achieved a sense of timelessness. The mediums being used may change drastically throughout the years, but we can all appreciate the artistry behind works from past generations and each take something different away from observing them. Unfortunately for artists behind these famed pieces, our generation’s update to their work would probably have them rolling in their graves.
The worlds of art history and memes have collided in one hilarious way. There’s been a trend of people on the Internet taking classic paintings and adding their own text quips, which gives the piece an entirely new meaning.
Even art enthusiasts themselves will have a hard time fighting a smile with these 24 art history memes that create a new storyline — one that the original artist definitely never intended.
1. Think you haven’t changed in the past decade? Take a trip down Facebook memory lane and you’ll experience a shame spiral deeper than you ever imagined. No regrets? Well, you’re probably the person people keep on their friend lists to feel better about themselves. Considering this woman clearly doesn’t have social media, you have to wonder what she’s reading that caused this reaction. Maybe an old diary entry?
2. It’s going to take a lot more than a measly bouquet of flowers and a bow to win over this melancholic maiden. With a haunted gaze that has clearly seen it all and a hip-resting backhand pose, it doesn’t appear this artist was going for a meet-cute, and this meme only further solidifies that notion.
3. Anyone who has worked in the dark trenches of the retail world knows that customers can smell the end of a shift. They will naturally be drawn to approach anyone about to clock out to make the most intricate requests possible. All those hours wasted counting down the minutes only to have to grab something from the most inconvenient place in the back room.
4. It’s a lot easier to roast yourself than be roasted by others, but when you take it too far, it can quickly go from uncomfortable laughter to “wait, are you okay?” It’s a fine line when telling a self-deprecating joke, if it’s not all that funny then it might end up being just a self-deprecating truth.