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Picasso women yelling at cat

I swear I am a cultured person lol

Continuing in the vein of mixing high brow art and low brow subject matter, I present to you “Picasso women yelling at cat.” Yes it is referencing this meme:

But much thought had been put into the composition of my piece! I had been reading up about the women in Picasso’s life and learned that he had a relationship with Dora Maar at the same time he was with Marie-Therese Walter, who was mother to his daughter. Apparently he once pitted them against each other and told them to fight over his affection.

The above two were the reference images for the left panel of the meme, and apparently they were both created in the same year? I thought it was opportune for the two women to be cohesive in this piece, united against a common antagonist.

The above three images were the references for the right panel. I was originally going to use the cat in Dora Maar au chat for the meme, but the cat in that painting was too dark to really be used. I saw that Picasso had a different cat painting in which there was food/prey already in the subject already so that ended up being perfect. I ended up using the chair in Dora Maar au chat, and also turned the floorboard into a table. I capped off the meme with elements from Jacqueline with flowers, which was Picasso’s first portrait of Jacqueline Roque, who was his second wife and their marriage lasted until his death.

I’m quite pleased with how this meme artwork turned out actually, especially with how all the source images played really with each other stylistically and thematically. Mouse-drawn with Photoshop over a span of four hours.

Wow this is doge

So you know, the doge meme that has been pervading on the internet?

Well guess what? The original doges have been found!

From The Verge:

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When 51-year-old Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato started seeing strange pictures of her eight-year-old Shiba Inu dog Kabosu popping up on the internet this past August, she was a little freaked out. “I was taken aback,” Sato, an elegant, brown-haired woman given to wide smiles, recalled. “It felt very strange to see her face there. It was a Kabosu that I didn’t know.”

What Sato didn’t realize was that Kabosu had unwittingly become the face of “doge,” the white-hot internet meme that plasters photos of Shiba Inu with fractured phrases written in rainbow-colored Comic Sans type. The images often feature a “wow” in one corner, then a series of intensifiers, like “so” and “such,” paired with nouns relevant to the picture. “So scare,” “such dapper,” “many skill,” some examples read, like a surreal narrative of the dog’s inner monologue.

A snapshot of Kabosu perched on a couch, glancing sidelong at Sato’s camera with tan eyebrows raised, paws warily crossed and mouth pulled back, was suddenly Photoshopped onto a Twinkie, a giant rock, a Canadian landscape, and a Christmas sweater. The dog’s face was used as the symbol of Dogecoin, a flash-in-the-pan Bitcoin alternative popular enough to be targeted in a recent heist. Kabosu was used to mock politicians in the United States and Canada. And though she had seen some of the images online, until just a week ago Sato had no idea what the doge meme actually was.

She had just wanted to share some cute pictures of her pets on the internet.

Read the full feature article on the Verge here! You’ll get to see the other pictures of the doge in it too!