|I do not mean Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.|
Look it up, children.
Anyway, there is an apeload of monkey art out there. "Apeload" being a word I just now made up, thank you very much. Basically, if you were an art lover in the 17th, 18th, or 19th century, you were awash in painted, sculpted, etched, and printed monkeys dressing up in people clothes or smoking pipes or smoking pipes while dressed in people clothes. Also, you know, religious tableaux, landscapes, and portraiture by the Great Masters, shit like that. But monkeys. Yeah. Lots and lots of those.
|As in the aptly named "Monkey Smoking and Drinking with an Owl," |
by Ferdinand van Kessel.
|"Joyeuse Reunion," by Nicolaes van Veerendael, possible madman.|
|"Apes Celebrating in the Kitchen," another Ferdinand van Kessel spectacular. |
Look at all those wonderful monkeys!
|And if you could paint something like "Smoking Room with Monkeys," wouldn't you?|
|"A Monkey Encampment," by David Teniers the Younger. Actually.|
|Not David Teniers the Younger, but an incredible simulation.|
|David Teniers the Younger. Really.|
|In the style of David Teniers the Younger. Also, monkey barbers, which got an awful lot of play as a subject.|
And now I'll tell you that the above three drawings came from a wonderful Russian website (I think Russian...one of those I-can't-read-your-alphabet langauges) I found. You think I've gone off the deep end with the monkey art? This website has an absolute apeload of gorgeous images of monkeys. They're not all singerie; some are just, you know, apes being apes. Check it out. It's fabulous.
I want to highlight one last artist from a little later in the singerie tradition, Gabriel von Max. His paintings have the distinction of making you think any of these other pictures are not disturbing at all, relatively speaking.
|"The Studio Visit." Come on, guys, put on a funny hat or drink some wine or something. Just stop...staring.|
|"Renunciation," Gabriel von Max. God, she's reaching for a handgun, isn't she?|
|Also, before I start thinking this scene wasn't completely stupid.|