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10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance

There are a lot of paintings in the world, which, it would seem, are known even to amateurs from art, but at the same time even authoritative art critics interpret these pictures completely incorrectly. In this review, a dozen paintings, in which their creators have put a deeper meaning than it might seem from the first (and sometimes even from the second) view.
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance

1.

Happy swing possibilities
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
This famous painting of the Rococo era was even shown in Disney's "Cold Heart". Nevertheless, Fragonard clearly put a deeper meaning in his work than Disney. The painting depicts a young woman swinging on a swing in a romantic garden by an elderly man. This man is clearly unaware of the presence of a young lover girl who watches them from the bushes.
Not only does the young man look right under the woman’s dress,so all the action takes place against a background of rose bushes, which in the art of the Rococo era were a classic symbol of female sexuality. In addition, the young lover put his hat in the bushes. This may seem strange, but at that time a men's hat was often used to hide an erection. Thus, a hat in the bushes is a rather glaring pun.
Another clue is the women's slipper, which was kicked off while swinging. For centuries, bare feet or ankles have been associated with sexual desires. Although “Swing” is an undoubtedly beautiful image, you should know its history before you begin to show it in children's cartoons.

2.

Breakfast on the grass
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
Female nudity is quite common in classical art. But even at a time when risky artists dared to draw women in all their naked beauty, Manet's work stood out among the rest. This masterpiece of impressionism depicts a picnic of two fully dressed men with a naked woman looking at the viewer (and in the background is another fully dressed woman). The image was unique in this respect, because until that time, nudes were usually depicted as goddesses, such as Venus or Aphrodite.
Manet also painted an ordinary woman of easy virtue, and he sought to portray women not as immortal celestials, but as completely mortal and material beings. But the picture was associated with the problem of unbridled prostitution, which France faced at that time. When the canvas was presented to the jury of the Paris Salon of 1863, it was greeted with ridicule and criticism. Manet rejected the picture, because its meaning was completely misunderstood.

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Olympia
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
Very similar to Lunch on the Grass, Olimpia Manet also portrays a naked prostitute, and so she immediately faced criticism and disgust from the art community. The woman on the canvas looks directly at the viewer in the most "shameless and sexual way." Critics preferred to completely ignore the real themes that Manet wanted to convey, drawing realistic Parisian scenes.
In fact, they were so absorbed in ignoring Mane’s intentions that they almost did not notice the presence of a dark-skinned handmaid in the picture, which, as is believed in our time, creates a contrast of light and darkness. But Manet simply could not convince contemporary society of his true intentions.

4.

The Persistence of Memory
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
“The constancy of memory”, which is often called the “Melting Clock”, is a surrealist painting, which is the most recognizable canvas by Dali. Its popularity is so great that this picture was even shown in The Simpsons, and recently a number of companies even started selling watches, the design of which was inspired by this picture. But, despite its popularity, the work of Salvador Dali has been misinterpreted by many art historians since its presentation in 1932.
Many believed that the soft, flowing from the table pocket watches represent an idea of ​​the fluidity and flexibility of the concept of time and space. This interpretation led to the conviction that Dali wanted to convey Einstein's theory of relativity. However, when asked why he decided to paint his famous clock, the artist replied that he was inspired by the image of Camembert cheese melting in the sun.

5.

Abduction of the daughters of Leucippus
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
The following picture is remarkable because it was misinterpreted twice. First, the artist Tomash Kucherovsky published a comic called “The Wrong Age” on his website.In the comic was depicted a fat woman, admiring the picture of Rubens, carefree nudity and beauty of the two women depicted on it. The name obviously refers to the deep desire of this woman to live in a time when more “big” women like her were valued.
However, after appearing on sites such as Twitter and Tumblr, the comics were quickly removed because of the squall of criticism. The painting by Rubens, as the name implies, is certainly not an eulogy of large forms, as Kucherovsky thought. In fact, the picture depicts Phoebus and Gilair, the daughter of the Greek king Leucippus, who were kidnapped by Castor and Pollux, wanting to marry them.
The second misconception regarding the picture is more global. For obvious reasons, in the West they consider that the picture is called “Rape of Leucippus’s daughters” (in English it is called The Rape Of The Daughters Of Leucippus, and the word rape means both rape and abduction). In fact, it is necessary to consider the Latin origin of the word - “rapere” meant precisely the abduction.

6.

Cafe Terrace at Night
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
It is rather a theory, but it has pretty convincing arguments. "Night Cafe Terrace" - one of the most famous paintings of Van Gogh, and around the world there are millions of its reproductions.However, it is assumed that the canvas is actually a kind of visual interpretation of The Last Supper by Da Vinci. Van Gogh, the son of a pastor, was a deeply religious man, so it would be logical to assume that he conveyed some religious images in his art.
The picture shows a simple view of a street cafe, in which 12 people are sitting, and also goes out the door (only a dark shadow is visible from it). The person who stands in the center is dressed in white and the rest are dressed in red or black. It is believed that the white figure symbolizes Jesus, and the dark one - Judas. The theory was supported by various scientists, but its veracity is questioned.

7.

Portrait of Theo Van Gogh
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
"Portrait of Theo Van Gogh" - a small picture depicting a poorly dressed man, who for many years was considered a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh himself. However, 120 years after writing the picture, art historians around the world were shocked by the discovery, when it turned out that the picture was not a self-portrait, and the artist’s brother Theo, who was very similar to Vincent, was painted on it. This shows that sometimes even professional historians can make mistakes.

8.

Night owls
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
On the most famous work of Hopper, "Midnight" depicts several lonely figures sitting in a diner at night. The street near the diner is deserted, and a strong feeling of loneliness literally emanates from the picture. This feeling of isolation, deprivation of liberty and helplessness is further enhanced by the absence of a visible exit from the building. Critics suggested that the artist wanted to convey a feeling of loneliness in a big city. However, when reporters asked Hopper about what he meant when he painted the picture, he replied: “Are you kidding me? I just painted a diner at night. ”

9.

Nature of forging a child
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
Little is known about this picture, which was an illustration of the thirteenth-century poem Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Maine. This has led to the fact that the image is often demonstrated out of context. The picture clearly shows a woman beating a child with a hammer, and to the side lie several gray, apparently dead babies. However, as the name implies, the woman is not the child’s killer. She is in fact an allegorical depiction of Mother Nature, who “forges” her children.

10.

Black iris
10 paintings, with a deeper meaning than it seems at first glance
O’Kieff is probably the most misinterpreted artist on this list, solely because of the public’s reaction to her large paintings with flowers.Black Iris, like all other flowers drawn by O’Keeffe, was considered a representation of the female genitalia.
This is not a far-fetched assumption, since in the history of art, associations of women with flowers are often found, but O’Kieff resolutely refuted all claims that her work was somehow intended to convey sexuality. She even tried to dispel rumors by increasing the level of detail in her work, but this only added to the controversy.

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