Presentation of theme Laugh (Exhibition Impossible)


Witness of a sense of joy or fun, Laugh is a reflex behavior, caused by humor, tickling or Laugh himself. It is an element of non-verbal communication and reflects our personality.

Although Laugh is often present in everyday life, it is much rarer in painting. Yet Laugh may reflect many different emotions. Nevertheless, it is rather rare in painting, probably because it has something evil for some people.

The poverty of works representing Laugh can be explained by the fact that attitudes towards it have not always been the same: during the Middle Ages, the Church was hostile to Laugh. It is true that Laugh can have something demonic. It was in any case considered frivolous by some, an activity reserved for idiots and fools by others.

But if Laugh is not very present in art, it is perhaps because it is hard to reproduce: Laugh distorts the face, wipe his harmony. All artists are unable to paint Laugh as easily as did Hals in "The Laughing Cavalier" for example.

Despite many prejudices, some artists did not fear to represent Laugh, such as Carracci, Caravaggio or evenVelázquez, who respectively painted "Portrait of a Young Man Laughing", "Amor Victorius" and "Democritus ".



Masterpieces displayed in the exhibition Laugh (Exhibition Impossible)


Quentin Metsys: "The Contract" (c. 1510-20, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin)

Annibale Carracci: "Portrait Of A Young Man Laughing" (c. 1585, Borghese Gallery, Rome)

Caravaggio: "Amor Victorius" (1602, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin)

Frans Hals: "Laughing Child" (1620-25, Mauritshuis, The Hague)

Frans Hals: "The Laughing Cavalier" (1624, Wallace Collection, London)

Frans Hals: "Malle Babe" (1633-35, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin)

Adriaen Van Ostade: "Cabaret Scene" (c. 1635, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden)

Hokusai: "Laughing Deamon" (1831, Musée Guimet - Guimet Museum, Paris)

Lovis Corinth: "Homeric Laughter" (1909, Neue Pinakothek, Munich)

Kitagawa Utamaro: "Women Laughing" (1798, Musée Guimet - Guimet Museum, Paris)

Baldassarre Franceschini: "Priest Arlotto'S Joke" (17th century, Pitti Palace, Florence)

Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier: "Laughing Man" (1865, Château de Compiègne - Compiègne Castle)

Martinez Gonzalo Bilbao: "The Slave" (1904, Museo Rivoltella, Trieste)

Armando Spadini: "The Sleeper" (c. 1900-25, National Art Gallery, Bari)

Giuseppe Gambarini: "Religious Banters" (18th century, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden)

Paulus Potter: "Infront Of The Inn" (1650, Staatliches Museum, Schwerin)

Jan Steen: "Inside The Hostel" (17th century, National Gallery, London)

Anonymous: "The Drinker" (17th century, Musée Magin - Magin Museum, Dijon)

Anonymous: "Portrait Of A Man Said To Be Rabelais" (17th century, Musée national de la Renaissance - Renaissance Museum, Ecouen)

Paul Chabas: "Fun Mouvements" (19th century, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Museum of Fine Arts, Nantes)

Jean-Baptiste Pater: "The Joys Of Living In The Countryside" (c. 1735, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich)

Paul Emile Detouche: "Waiting For The Masked Ball" (c. 1831, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Museum of Fine Arts, Nantes)

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: "Young Spanish Peasant" (1670-80, National Gallery, London)

Frantisek Kupka: "Portrait Of Mrs Kupka" (1905, Musée d'art et d'industrie André Diligent - André Diligent Museum, Roubaix)

Mellix: "Portrait Of Young Girl" (1883, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes)

Judith Leyster: "Boy And Girl With A Cat And An Eel " (17th century, National Gallery, London)

Ernst Fritsch: "The Joyous Willy Jaeckel" (1931, Nationalgalerie, Berlin)

Frans Hals: "The Buffon With A Lute" (18th century, Musée du Louvre - Louvre Museum, Paris)

Louis Léopold Boilly: "The Deprived Bird" (18th century, Musée du Louvre - Louvre Museum, Paris)

Bronzino: "Portrait Of Giovanni De' Medici" (16th century, Uffizi Gallery, Florence)



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