Unless you’re a member of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe of hunter-gatherers, you’re aware of gluten, the protein found in most grains, and how a lot of people are trying to remove it from their diets. The push to live gluten-free has mostly concerned the food we buy, but now one French artist has brought “gluten-free” to the art world.
Graphic artist Arthur Coulet is the mastermind behind the Gluten Free Museum on Tumblr, in which he takes classic works of art and photoshops out anything that contains gluten. The result is a series of bizarre and often funny scenes that are way different than the original artist intended.
Coulet isn’t trying to weigh in on either side of the gluten debate. His main goal, as he told the BBC, is to encourage art appreciation. “Everyone has seen Vermeer’s Milkmaid, but who really looks at the bread on the table?” he said. “This is a new way to look at well-known artworks and discover others.” And the collection really does make you realize how often wheat shows up in artwork.
So if you’ve been waiting to enjoy your art without the hassle of all that gluten, or if you just want a laugh, now’s your chance.
1. The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer
2. Wheat Fields, Vincent van Gogh
3. Summer, Giuseppi Arcimboldo
4. The Gleaners, Jean-Francois Millet
5. Cake Slice, Wayne Thiebaud
6. Harvesters, Anna Archer
7. Still Life With Bread, Giacomo Ceruti
8. Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio
9. The Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel
10. Lady and the Tramp, Walt Disney
11. Still Life with Bread and Eggs, Paul Cezanne
12. Boy Running with Bread, by Willy Ronis
13. Bathers on the Seine, Edouard Manet
14. Tomb of Sennedjem
15. Chief Wiggum, Matt Groening
h/t: Dangerous Minds