quarta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2012


Hello, I'm Dr. Bean. Apparently. And my job is to sit and look at paintings. So, what have I learned that I can say about this painting? Well, firstly, it's quite big, which is excellent. If it were very small, microscopic, then hardly anyone would be able to see it. Which would be a shame. Secondly, and I'm getting quite near the end of this... analysis, secondly, why was it worth this man spending fifty million of your American dollars? And the answer to that is, that it's a picture of Whistler's mother. And as I've learned, staying with my best friend David Langley and his family, families are very important. Even though Mr. Whistler was obviously aware that his mother was a hideous old bat who looked like she'd had a cactus lodged up her backside, he stuck with her, and even took the time to paint this amazing picture of her. And that's marvellous. It's not just a painting. It's a picture of a mad old cow who he thought the world of. Well that's what I think.

É esta a "análise" que Mr. Bean faz do quadro Composição em Cinzento e Negro nº 1, mais conhecido como A mãe de Whistler. A obra data de 1871, quando Anna McNeill Whistler tinha 67 anos. James Whistler (1834-1903), apesar da sua aclamada obra, tornou-se mundialmente conhecido pelo suposto restauro que Mr. Bean fez desta sua obra. O filme tem sido citado, de forma recorrente, nos últimos dias.

Esclarecimento final: o quadro não está nos Estados Unidos, mas sim no Musée d'Orsay, em Paris. Vale a pena ver a "explicação":

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