7 Weirdest Paintings Passed Off as Art

  • January 12, 2011
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Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110 (Robert Motherwell)



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Oh sorry, it seems we have mistakenly showed you one of those Rorschach ink blot tests. Heh, this one sort of looks like a bunch of inmates behind bars. Or boobs, but for full disclosure we must mention that we see boobs in just about anything. OK, let us find the real picture for you…

Wait a minute…

Huh, well it turns out that this is Motherwell’s Elegy. OK, as weird paintings go this is not that bad, we guess. Not really breath-taking or inspirational art, but a step in the right direction. Which is all the more fitting, because Motherwell made an effort during most of his life to bridge the gap between non-representational art and the general public, who were usually put off by the smug circle-jerk most folks associate with experimental/abstract art. So, yeah, good for Motherwell. Also: Heh… Motherwell


Where (Morris Louis)




First of all – no, Louis was not gay, if that’s what you were wondering. Oh, you weren’t wondering that because you don’t have the mentality of a 12 year old? Moving on…

Morris Louis’ “Where” is a prime example of Color Field, an artistic movement which emphasized the use of large areas of solid colors spread over the canvas. It emerged around the 1940s/50s when, according to all existing video footage, the world was still black and white so the very idea of color must have been new and exciting to the artistic community, explaining why they were so passionate about Color Field. That’s probably exactly how it all went down.


Black and Red (Sam Francis)



~$5,000,000 Actually this painting sort of looks like bacon and therefore is immune to human criticism. Written by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz – Copyrighted © www.weirdworm.com Image Sources

Image sources:

  • - Jackson Pollock’s Career: http://www.arthistoryspot.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/painting_jackson_pollock.jpg http://inpraiseof.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/jackson_pollock_1.jpg, http://blog.cleveland.com/pdextra/2007/10/large_pollock8.jpg
  • - Black Square and White on White (Kazimir Malevich): http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/ashp/ilium/images/malevich/black_square_lg.jpg http://www.nicliang.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/malevich_white_on_white1.jpg
  • - Compositions with Red, Blue and Yellow (Piet Mondrian): http://www.design-classics24.com/media/images/composition_with_red_blue_y_thb.jpg
  • - Onement I (Barnet Newman): http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/abstractexpressionism/images/BarnettNewman-Onement-I-1948.jpg
  • - Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110 (Robert Motherwell): http://theslideprojector.com/images/1950s/motherwell/elegytothespanishrepublicno110.jpg
  • - Where (Morris Louis): http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8r5KcavfltE/S1Md0qFgC3I/AAAAAAAAOhA/qBFirzZZ9yQ/s400/%2527Where%2527%252C_252_x_362_cm._magna_on_canvas_painting_by_Morris_Louis%252C_Hirshhorn_Museum_and_Sculpture_Garden%252C_1960
  • - Black and Red (Sam Francis): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/98/Oil_painting_by_Sam_Francis.jpg