The Toast has a wonderful way of meshing art, literature, humor, and feminism onto one blog. Having caught our eye and plenty of others (male included) plenty of times, one of their recent pieces really made us chuckle.
Primarily focusing on women in western art, editor Mallory Ortberg brought out the true sentiments in each subject — boredom. Captioning classic western paintings by artists such as Jean Beraud and going even farther back to Peter Paul Rubens, what we can see here is a humorous take on the feminine role in portraiture.
The females are shown dozing off while doing otherwise more “feminine” activities. According to Ortberg, their male counterparts were all to blame. We tend to agree. What female hasn’t had these thoughts at least once before?
While the paintings alone are classic and an integral part of art history, the captions are truly enough to capture any non-art history buff’s attention. Look below for a few examples and make sure to take a look at the original article for many more!
Jean Beraud, The Box by the Stalls, 1883
you know i can’t hear anything when I’m powdering my nose
ill let you know when I’m finished
Jean Beraud, The Soiree, 1880
oh no i wasn’t doing anything, I’m not busy
just talking to all my friends
but I’m so glad we’re doing this now instead
Jean Beraud, Women Skating
christ is e still behind us
i don’t know
Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Stolen Kiss, 1656-61
we’re kissing now
that’s the thing that is happening to me
Peter Paul Rubens, The Union of Earth and Water, 1618
mmm for sure
no i definitely agree
you don’t have to keep arguing because i agree and you’re right so we are on the same
we’re the same way, i agree
Jean Beraud, Scene de Cafe or The Absinthe, 1908
i’m still listening
you were talking about that
i’m just resting my eyes
All images via The Toast
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How accurate do you think these captions are?