Thursday, November 17, 2005

Odd Art: Will the Saga Ever End?

Yes, it's time again for another post on Very Odd and/or Tasteless Art. I am far too lazy to do anything else even remotely useful to-day.

("The Remedy", by Antoine Watteau)

This is a follow-up of sorts to my previous post on Le Curieux, which, of course, is another moving example of the well-known and cherished enema genre.

Please note the gorgeous sheen of shockingly peach colored flesh tones, the marvelously textured background, and the somewhat blurry face of the waiting servant, a face which seems to speak of class alienation, a loss of identity, strange gender roles, and a philosophical mindset that seems to say: "ugh"

Many scholars consider this to be perhaps the finest example of this classic genre, a subject which has perplexed and fascinated the upper classes for generations. Countless articles and scholarly treatises have been written about the work, which is truly a masterpiece of its kind. And thanks to the modern technology of the Internet, such artistic genius can now be viewed from the comfort and safety of home.

True artists will appreciate and acknowledge the fine craftmanship, the painstaking lines, the perfect composition, facial expressions and social commentary.

Everyone else is, Quite Sadly, a Philistine.


Anonymous Professor Twain said...

This is interesting on multiple levels. Beyond what you pointed out, there are THREE faces on the servant--a woman looking away, a woman looking forward, and a man. Why these are there, who knows.

I found some modern variants of this theme. The addition of spanking to the enema suggests that art in this specialty continues to evolve. Note the fine shading used to indicate a well spanked ass. A modern masterpiece.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:26 PM  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

Have I missed the post where you explain where you find all of these paintings??? Haha!

11:25 PM  
Blogger L said...

Professor: my Good Man, as always, you astound me with the breadth of your knowledge. Is there some sort of scholarly article in the works?

portuguesa nova: I am familiar with some from art history class and gallery discussions ... others I find by poking around various art sites and auction sites :)

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the painting 'Olympia' by Edouard Manet, except the high colonic instead of the flowers. Manet lived after Watteau, but they were both French. Perhaps Manet's famous 'Olympia' was inspired by this painting that Manet may have seen, and Manet took an aesthetic risk abandoning the enema theme. Odd, but pivotal, art.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous gistabalta said...

This is amazing. It confirms my theory that in the world of blogs, ordinary drivel is overcome by pure drivel.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous glogold said...

That nurse is taking a caulking gun to that nekkid lady's ass! Someone stop her!

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Brenda Love said...

It looks like a rolling pin to me! She's going to flatten out some cellulite I guess.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous mr. anigans said...

is there another face behind the blurred one doing the administering?

10:45 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

Wow, I bet maintaining such a beauty and balance while addressing a social pariah, such as constipation, must have been a total pain in the butt. I like this work... in a sort of post hemmirhoidal way.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous moos said...

I'm with glogold - I think it is a caulking gun - or maybe a grease gun.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous roselle said...

yes, i too can see another face (a man?) behind the administrator of the enemic-chaulking-gun-rolling-pin device.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous green eyed lady said...

Your "odd art" idea is always enlightening, even when I'm blindsided.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous akr said...

he he
dan brown, anyone?

10:46 PM  
Blogger L said...

anonymous: or something

Gistabalta: we blog nothing BUT pure, 100% unadulterated, natural drivel here! None of those weird chemicals and preservatives for us!

Glomgold: it's too late -- the thing is already worth oodles of money

Brenda Love: perhaps that's how the celebrities do it

Mr. (Shen)Anigans: I believe there is

mark: wow is indeed the word to use for this one

moos: I agree-- it does resemble a caulking gun

roselle: yep, but what he's doing there is anyone's guess

Green-eyed Lady: we are here to educate AND enlighten, as always

akr: har har

10:46 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue said...

The man behind enema girl looks like Hitler and enema girl must be a rookie because she seems to be having trouble finding the place to put the enema.
Otherwise this is a very inspiring piece of art..

10:46 PM  
Blogger L said...

happy&blue: hehheh.... all my odd art posts are very inspiring

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what the dude behind her is doing. The same thing I do when watching a woman receive an enema from another woman. Duh!

2:00 PM  

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