MemePunk: Joseph DuCreux
While doing research for my “Make ’em Laugh” article at the beginning of the month I ran across a hilarious series of memes featuring a portrait of Joseph DuCreux (1735-1802). He was an artist working in France and pushed the boundaries of portraiture during his lifetime. Though his poses may not seem unusual now in this era of quick photos and selfie sticks, natural or comedic poses were not at all the norm in his day. He did the painting of himself at left in 1792, but it recently burst onto the interwebs as a hilarious image for memes. People began pairing his picture with old-timey rewrites of song lyrics, and the result is totally giggle-worthy.
Can you guess that tune? If not, hover over the image and I provided the text of the original lyrics. Here are my faves:
But the memesters couldn’t leave it alone, so crossover memes and references to other pop culture started to show up as well.
I read a great article about how why the meme became so widespread, along with where to view some of DuCreux’s paintings. Check it out.