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  1. fauvismluvr98:

John Baldessari

    fauvismluvr98:

    John Baldessari

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  2. FART HISTORY. 

    For all of our previous posts on fart history, click here (and don’t forget the Japanese fart scroll we covered a while back here).

    James Ensor, Les Vents, 1888, etching. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

    Hieronymus Bosch, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, c. 1500, oil on panel. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon
    Hieronymus Bosch, The Temptation of Saint Anthony (copy), before 1516, oil on panel.  Musée de Beaux Arts, Brussels

    Chen Wenling, What You See May Not Be Real, 2009, fiberglass and paint. Installation in Beijing Art Gallery in 2009 

    Marco Zoppo, Three Putti and a Dog with Four Figures Behind from the Rosebery Album of 26 folios, c. 1455-65, pen and brown ink, brown wash on vellum.  British Museum, London (1920,0214.17.1 17 verso)

    Anonymous Flemish artist, Satirical Diptych, early 16th century, oil on panel. Université de Liège

    Aubrey Beardsley, Lysistrata Defending the Acropolis, 1896, illustration.  Photo courtesy of eBooks@Adelaide; The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005

    He-Gassen (屁合戦 Farting Battle), Edo Period (1603-1868), ink on paper.  Waseda University

    Fart History: Maerten van Heemskerck, Allegory of Nature (detail), 1567, oil on panel. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

     
     
  3. Flatulation Defense

    imageAubrey Beardsley, Lysistrata Defending the Acropolis, 1896, illustration.  Photo courtesy of eBooks@Adelaide; The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005

    Aubrey Beardsly’s illustration accompanied the text of Aristophanes’sLysistrata.  Wikipedia summarizes the play as follows:

    Lysistrata is acomedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed inclassical Athens in411 BCE, it is a comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece towithhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

    The other images from the series are equally WTF worthy, so be sure to check them out on the University of Adelaide Library website.  I especially enjoy the image below.

    Aubrey Beardsley, The Examination of the Herald, 1896, illustration. Photo courtesy of eBooks@Adelaide; The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005

     
     
  4. Flagellation ≠ Flatulation

    Limbourg Brothers, The Procession of Flagellants (detail), The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duke de Berry (fol. 74v), early 1400s, tempera colors and gold on parchment.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters CollectionLimbourg Brothers, The Procession of Flagellants (detail), The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duke de Berry (fol. 74v), early 1400s, tempera colors and gold on parchment.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection

     
     
  5. Don’t Open This Diptych!

    Anonymous Flemish artist, Satirical Diptych, early 16th century, oil on panel. Université de LiègeAnonymous Flemish artist, Satirical Diptych, early 16th century, oil on panel. Université de Liège

    When a diptych warns you not to open it, you’d be wise to obey!

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  6. Japanese Fart Battle

    He-Gassen (屁合戦 Farting Battle), Edo Period (1603-1868), ink on paper.  Waseda UniversityHe-Gassen (屁合戦 Farting Battle), Edo Period (1603-1868), ink on paper.  Waseda University

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  7. Performance Fart

    J. Mundie, Le Pétomane: 1857-1945, 2006.J. Mundie, Le Pétomane: 1857-1945, 2006, ink drawing on paper.  Illustration for James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway, vol. 9, published November 2007

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  8. Six Months of WTF Art History!

    Dear Readers,

    Over the weekend, WTF Art History celebrated its 6th month of delivering f’ed up, odd, quirky, and random art for your enjoyment!  A huge thanks is in order to all of you for reading, reblogging, retweeting, and for following!  But the biggest thanks is due to my brother for inspiring me to start the site and for helping advise on its content and administration.

    Be sure to like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@wtfarthistory)!

    Jacques de Longuyon, A Game of Chess (detail) in Vows of the Peacock, c. 134550, tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment.  The Morgan Library, New YorkJacques de Longuyon, A Game of Chess (detail) in Vows of the Peacock, c. 1345–50, tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment.  The Morgan Library, New York

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  9. Putti Gone Wild @BritishMuseum

    Marco Zoppo, Three Putti and a Dog with Four Figures Behind from the Rosebery Album of 26 folios, c. 1455-65, pen and brown ink, brown wash on vellum.  British Museum, London (1920,0214.17.1 17 verso)Marco Zoppo, Three Putti and a Dog with Four Figures Behind from the Rosebery Album of 26 folios, c. 1455-65, pen and brown ink, brown wash on vellum.  British Museum, London (1920,0214.17.1 17 verso)

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  10. Farting Bull

    Chen Wenling, What You See May Not Be Real, 2009, fiberglass and paint. Installation in Beijing Art Gallery in 2009 

    The “farting bull” sculpture by Chinese artist Chen Wenling is pretty straightforward.  It depicts an explosive fart by the golden bull of Wall Street pinning a demon-horned Bernie Madoff to a wall.  One writer described the sculpture as weird, wild, and wicked.  Happy Sunday-funday!