Paintings seemingly have infinite meanings, and the interpretation lies in the eye of the beholder. Some beholders' eyes are different than others, and what they see gives a completely new meaning. One of the people who have this special kind of eyes is Hassan Hassnaoui, who puts captions on various well-known paintings and expresses what he sees in them. It's as if these paintings were talking in modern times, through one of the most popular mediums in which contemporary couples communicate—messages. And it makes the paintings much more relatable, as sometimes it's very hard to connect to them in their original form. So much so, that his work is liked by more than 180k followers on Instagram and other social media.

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Sordatos
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1 year ago

Pretty sure the intention was a couple of people talking trash about someone across the room

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Here's what the artist commented about his work to Bored Panda: “My name is Hassan Hassnaoui, I am 21 years old and I do art. I am inspired by everyday life that people consider ordinary and small problems that they consider obstacles. My art is simply composed of series of collages that merge between real-life photographs and characters inspired by ancient paintings. I have often collaborated with young Moroccan artists because I consider sharing an art that we all have to practice. Our generation is rich with artists and unique leaders who could change the world if we offered them the requested power.”

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Good one!

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Moe Lewis
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1 year ago

Aww, weirdly wholesome

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Aesthetically speaking, good paintings are always appreciated, but the distance of time makes them less and less relatable to our own situation. Though some would argue that a good painting encapsulates something eternal about our human nature, that may not always be the case. Hassan's captions in some sense close the gap of time and make them modern again. In some cases, it even enhances the experience of the painting and doesn't detract from the value of the painting, but adds to it.

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Common malady.

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

Doggo agrees

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Hassan's idea and execution is brilliant in the sense that it's quite universal and doesn't require the paintings to be from a certain era, as the key source of inspiration lies in the musings of modern text messages. Hence the paintings themselves come in different styles, are from different time periods, and still manage to fall in line with the gimmick, making it a powerful concoction, be it paintings from the past century, baroque, romanticism, or modernism. At the same time, it puts the banality of our life in the digital era under a sublime aura of great paintings, which are everything but mundane and ordinary.

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Jeff Diamond
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1 year ago

It's funny that we all know EXACTLY what year is being referenced.

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GlassHalfWay
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1 year ago

Haha

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The modern invention of text messaging is a blessing and a curse. While it is hard to argue that the ability to reach anyone, anywhere, at any time is not a useful piece of technology, it might cause some physical and mental health issues, so it might be best to try and limit one's use of it. Constant texting causes inflammation in your fingers, as well as back problems, and the blue light makes it harder for us to fall asleep. It also gives us constant anxiety about what others write to us, and puts our brain constantly on alert, making it harder for us to relax. On the other hand, it still has potential to improve and maintain our relationships even over long distances, but keep in mind that texting robs the gestures, tone, emotions, and facial expressions out of what we're really trying to say. What to do, then? Take a break, and feast your eyes on art is my suggestion.

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Gerard Neaux
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1 year ago

These are hilarious

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Karin
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1 year ago

Is the dark haired person Groucho Marx?

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Though Hassan's work is original in its own right, there are other artists who do something similar though not quite the same. April Eileen, for example, writes existentialist things on pictures and paintings, and though they're darker, they're every bit as hilarious. Remember that I've told you that private messages can be bothersome sometimes? Well, this post will make you see why. And though messaging brings more communication, it also brings a lot more confusion and hilarity, too. But if you're tired of messaging-related stuff (and it sure can be tiring sometimes), chill out with some classical art memes.

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Theo C
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1 year ago

roasted on a spit

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Martin Kaine
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1 year ago

The horse?

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Theo C
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1 year ago

yes I can props to the artist

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SlartyBlartFast
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1 year ago

This is so true :(

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Do what you want.

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SlartyBlartFast
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1 year ago

Girl, same!

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Gottcha!

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

I like the woman on the left looking at them :)

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Kari Panda
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1 year ago (edited)

No, for used items, better try ebay.

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SlartyBlartFast
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1 year ago

Girl, you seem to have dropped that mic!

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Katherine Boag
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1 year ago

Benedick??

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Working his way in.

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Nuff said.

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R Carson
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1 year ago

No pleasing some people.

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Karin
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1 year ago

Except a cat. Or is that a dog? Except a dog.

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Suzy the observer
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1 year ago

Hahaha!!!!!

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coraline jones
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1 year ago

Yup.

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HoneyBun Arts
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1 year ago

Same

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Beatrice Multhaupt
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1 year ago

Unless you grew up in a family with neither.

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R Carson
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1 year ago

Me too!

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Scagsy
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1 year ago

I thought I was on onlyfans but I must have done a typo and ended up spending £40 watching a tractor pose with a combine harvester on onlyfarms. Bit too much reaping and not enough sowing for my taste. 2/10 would not recommend

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