Fancy some artsy looping .gifs, messieurs and mademoiselles? This dapper gentleman surely knows his .gif art!
The GIF Connoisseur is more than just your usual curated Tumblr blog of .gifs – there’s actually a man in a suit holding a matching fedora and a cane (or could it be an umbrella?) behind his back in every .gif, as if in a museum and pondering on the meaning of each larger-than-life looping art before him.
If the scene looks familiar, yes, this “connoisseur” is actually the man from “The Connoisseur,” a painting by Norman Rockwell in 1962. The anonymous blogger who runs the website wrote,
Norman Rockwell made the painting “The Connoisseur” in 1962, remixing a Pollock to express the impenetrable membrane between Modern Art (specifically Abstract Expressionism) and his “low” illustrations. The work was possibly the spawn of a frustrated curmudgeon, but I can’t help but empathize with the motivations of the fictional artist dreamed up by Rockwell and the critical analysis that the possible patron is making. I believe Rockwell’s painting captures the moment in which something becomes Art.
So far, The GIF Connoisseur hosts close to 400 .gifs! Click here to see the rest!