We all have our definitions of what’s weird and funny, but artists of all stripes seem to take funny and weird to a whole new plane of existence. Some express it in paintings, some in sculpture and some in pen and ink. Some become incredibly famous, some don’t. Either way, their job is to leave us, as the old song goes, “bewitched, bothered and bewildered,” or perhaps leave us in tears of laughter. It’s said that much art is a product of people’s imaginations and psyches. Given the strangeness of all these sculptures and paintings, the truth of that statement is self-evident.
“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Pablo Picasso
When Picasso released this painting, naturally it caused a fuss with the traditional art world. His French rival, Henri Matisse, decried the women in the painting as “prostitutes.” Interestingly enough, that’s actually what they were. It’s likely Matisse also took issue with Picasso’s style, but was too focused on the fact that the women were nude.