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Everything Wrong With Your Favorite Art

Even the most famous works of art could use some improvement.

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Monet’s Water Lillies

An expressionist tour de force to be sure–but it lacks the crucial human element. By not including any human forms, Monet's sun-dappled near-masterpiece fails at the artists' primary goal: Telling the viewer exactly how to feel.
Monet / Via en.wikipedia.org

An expressionist tour de force to be sure–but it lacks the crucial human element. By not including any human forms, Monet's sun-dappled near-masterpiece fails at the artists' primary goal: Telling the viewer exactly how to feel.

Here's how I would improve it:

So much better. Now viewers know, "Hey, these are a bunch of awesome water lilies."
Monet. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via en.wikipedia.org

So much better. Now viewers know, "Hey, these are a bunch of awesome water lilies."

Van Gogh's The Starry Night

Perhaps van Gogh just never mastered the technique of perspective, because the stars and the moon and that big mountain-y/castle thing all look the wrong size. Here's a quick fix: Add in a villager for perspective.
Van Gough. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Perhaps van Gogh just never mastered the technique of perspective, because the stars and the moon and that big mountain-y/castle thing all look the wrong size. Here's a quick fix: Add in a villager for perspective.

Check out this new, better version:

Yes, I'm tiny. But I think my presence really fixes what's wrong with this painting.
Van Gough. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Yes, I'm tiny. But I think my presence really fixes what's wrong with this painting.

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Is she happy? Sad? Hungry? We could stare her countenance forever and yet we'd only succeed in appreciating the delicate mystery of human emotion–never solving it. And that's a problem.
Leonardo da Vinci. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Is she happy? Sad? Hungry? We could stare her countenance forever and yet we'd only succeed in appreciating the delicate mystery of human emotion–never solving it. And that's a problem.

Here's a much better version:

Cool, right?
Leonardo da Vinci. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Cool, right?

Munch's The Scream

Art isn't supposed to be scary! What if instead of this weird monster-guy, I was in the painting?
Edvard Munch. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Art isn't supposed to be scary! What if instead of this weird monster-guy, I was in the painting?

And I wouldn’t be all scream-y, either. I’d be giving a thumbs-up.

Adiós, intense meditation on the overwhelming and terrifying power of nature; hello, good times!
Edvard Munch. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Adiós, intense meditation on the overwhelming and terrifying power of nature; hello, good times!

Calder Mobile

Wouldn't adding me onto this kinetic sculpture illuminate the artist's intent and heighten its visual impact?
Calder / Via de.wikipedia.org

Wouldn't adding me onto this kinetic sculpture illuminate the artist's intent and heighten its visual impact?

No! But it would be so fun!

Look how much better this is! I'd get to swing around all day!
Alexander Calder. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via de.wikipedia.org

Look how much better this is! I'd get to swing around all day!

Grand Wood's American Gothic

I don't know if artist Grant Wood noticed, but America isn't a nation of farmers anymore. This painting just doesn't make any sense.
Grant Wood. / Via en.wikipedia.org

I don't know if artist Grant Wood noticed, but America isn't a nation of farmers anymore. This painting just doesn't make any sense.

But, like all art, it’s easy to improve:

Now that's America!
Grant Wood. Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed. / Via en.wikipedia.org

Now that's America!

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