“ANYONE CAN DO IT”

19 Feb
AnyoneCanDoIt

From ‘Paint by Number’ by William L. Bird, Jr, published by the Smithsonian/Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.

“ANYONE CAN DO IT” THE LADY PAINTING THIS PICTURE IS NOT A PAINTER. JUST PUT COLOR NO.17 IN SECTION NUMBERED 17 ETC. IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. SURPRISE YOUR FRIENDS WITH A BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS PAINTED BY YOU. THEY CAN BE WASHED WITH SOAP AND WATER.

A lady (not a painter) demonstrates paint by number sets at a trade show, 1953. The oxymoronic “this painter is not a painter” reminds me of Magritte:

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte, The Treachery of Images, 1948.

Ceci n’est pas un artiste… Also from 1953, this Woolworth’s Annual Report image:ArtistMaterials

I like the artist’s get up, especially the huge and completely unnecessary blue bow. I might try to put this outfit together, next time I have to appear in public and talk about being an artist.

I’m sure coulrophobes will appreciate me pointing out the lovely John Wayne Gacy clown painting, top right. NB: anyone who paints sailing ships may not be a serial killer but they are definitely mental.

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3 Responses to ““ANYONE CAN DO IT””

  1. College Artworks 21/02/2013 at 4:00 PM #

    Reblogged this on College Artworks and commented:
    It’s true. Anyone can. We completely agree. ~ A. Analise

    • Alistair 23/02/2013 at 11:47 AM #

      You realise I posted this with a certain amount of irony, right?

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