5All of Al Hirschfeld's Drawings from 1945 Onward
Al Hirschfeld was an American illustrator and caricaturist best known for his black-and-white portraits of celebrities and political figures all throughout the 20th century. Think of those '80s posters in Asian hair salons, but, y'know, classy:
And without flecks of blood on the frames.
The Easter Egg:
Hirschfeld also managed to hide his daughter Nina's name in damn near every single one of his thousands of artworks.
"This will always be a good idea."
Hirschfeld decided to push this concept to a level he later described as "harmless insanity." And while we agree with the "insanity," we don't know about that "harmless" part: Presumably his other daughter, Xernophystoles Mernozence Hirschfeld, felt a little hurt and neglected when her name turned up conspicuously absent ...
"I worked her name into a caterpillar once, but doing so gave me carpal tunnel syndrome."
The man became so adept and prolific that the Pentagon eventually approved a $60,000 grant to train the eyes of bomber pilots by having them spot the "hidden Ninas" in Hirschfeld's drawings.
"HEY ASSHOLES, I ALSO DRAW GREAT CARTOONS, TOO, YOU KNOW."
4Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Continuing Fetish
Pieter Bruegel the Elder warranted a previous appearance in recognition for his fantastically exhaustive catalog of asses. But it wasn't all butts and brews for old Bruegel -- he also created some pretty cool, surreal stuff like this:
... is that bored satyr getting a blowjob?
But betwixt all the booty and David Lynch fan art, Pieter was still a classically trained artist. The Magpie on the Gallows, for example, is a spectacular example of one of his landscapes. Look at it: Serene. Pastoral. Beautiful.
"The hangin's at noon."
The Easter Egg:
All that lush foliage and subtle color work make it so easy to overlook the man in the bottom-left corner shitting his guts out in the bushes.
Note his use of shadow to tastefully hide the sphincter.
Yeah ... Bruegel didn't really know how to stop painting asses and the things that come out of asses. Take The Fair at Hoboken for example:
Let's go poopin' now...
Everybody's learning how ...
Come on a poop safari with meeee!
He had his own artistic reasons for this obsession, of course: In many of his works, defecation was used to showcase "the worst excesses of human folly."
All the best parties begin and end with public pooping.
But somewhere around the time you find yourself spending days painstakingly rendering a diarrhea waterfall, you have to stop and consider that this whole "human folly" thing might just be the spin you're putting on the fact that you're "really into poop these days."
"It's good to finally be out of my 'Phlegm Phase,' though."