Impressionism Art Jokes

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Claude Monet's "Waterloo Bridge, London" circa 1903.
Claude Monet's "Waterloo Bridge, London" circa 1903. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

According to Web Exhibits, Impressionism is an art term that was initially used derisively to describe the new innovations in color and light used by painters like John Constable, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Today, these artists are celebrated figures who challenged preconceived notions about painting and interpretation. While the achievements of these painters is substantial, Impressionist artists and their works can be used to tell jokes, using their foreign names to make puns in English.

Interpreting Picasso

In his French chateaus, Picasso catches a burglar stealing one of his paintings, but the thief manages to get away. The police arrive and ask for a description of the man, so Picasso proceeds to paint them a re-creation of the man's face. Later that day, the police bring in a mother superior, the minister of agriculture, a toilet and the Eiffel Tower for questioning.

Degas Prices

A master thief breaks into the Louvre and absconds with priceless paintings, only to find that his getaway van quickly runs out of gas and he is caught. When interrogated, he explains: "You see, the reason I stole the paintings in the first place is because I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh!"

Monet and Beethoven in Heaven

St. Peter, at the gates of heaven, saw three people approaching him. St. Peter says to the first, "Who are you?" The man says, "I am Claude Monet." St. Peter asks, “Can you provide proof that you are who you say you are? I can't just let anyone into Heaven, you see." So, Monet proceeds to paint a masterpiece in front of him. Convinced, St. Peter lets him through the gate.

The next person approaches, explaining that he is Ludwig Van Beethoven. Needing proof, St. Peter has Beethoven perform a masterwork on a grand piano. Satisfied, St. Peter lets him through the gate.

The last person approaches, stating, "I'm Paris Hilton." St. Peter says, "Well, can you provide me proof? You saw how Monet and Beethoven both proved to me their identities" Paris then responds, "Monet and Beethoven? Who are they?!" St. Peter sighs, "Oh, Ms. Hilton, right this way."

Monet's Favorite Song

What is Monet's favorite song? Monet, Monet of course! Also, a little known fact: Kanye West's song "Gold Digger" is actually about an art thief who took his prized Monet "Haystacks" original.

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