Art Y’all Ready For This?

One day when I was storming the “as-is” section at IKEA I found this great print of The Golden Gate Bridge for $5.  As some of you know, San Francisco is my favorite city in the United States.  Aaron and I went on our honeymoon to The Golden Gate City.  It was brilliant.

But- you know IKEA.  Always having “their own” measurements.  I had 2 24″X36″ frames to balance the fireplace.  But of course, this print wasn’t a normal size.  It was hanging out on the large side.  So I thought, yeah, I’ll trim it down a little to fit in the frame.  But you know what?  That was as successful as playing patty-cake with a dead mouse.  The white border around the image was so uneven.  *insert cliché lopsided-boob-job joke*

Son of Man Print

So it was time for a new print.  Everyone has their geeky side.  My geeky side is art history.  My biggest dream has always been having a home filled with art.  And on the last Saturday of the month, our kids won’t be able to go and play.  That’s the day we rotate the art, of course.  They are also required to wear their tweed jackets that day.  (Their names happen to be Gwendoline and Eustace.  They are extremely cultured and stuffy.)  I decided to go with a print of one of my favorite pieces:

Le Fils de L’homme (Son of Man) by Rene Magritte.

1964 Magritte Le Fils de l'Homme (SON OF MAN)


I ordered it on Amazon for $5.99  and the quality of the print is great.

Since I am unleashing my inner geek, I am going to tell you all about why I love Le Fils de L’homme.  Visually, it looks great in the front room.  The colors match.  It is just abstract enough and thought-provoking as well.  A touch of wit, whimsy, and symbolism.

Son of Man art meaning

According to the artist, Magritte, “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”  Suck on that for a while.  I’m glad we have it hanging in our living room.  It fits.

Son of Man art Meaning

Speaking of art for our living room, it has been asked where the custom “Keep Calm and Crowder On” print came from.  It came from Keep Calm-O-Matic, where you can custom design any “Keep Calm” art one can dream up.  Any words, colors, and graphics.  Play around on it.  Have some fun.  You can save the files you create.  Show me what you got!

Custom Keep Calm art

I hope you all have a happy and safe weekend getting ready for T-Giving.  And if you missed yesterday’s post about the YHL link party, get up to speed.  This is something you do not want to miss!

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  • Love it! My general motto is that art is for the walls, pictures are for the shelves. 🙂

  • That’s a great print.

  • eranfaraway

    What a wonderful print! I have a hand-me-down tweed jacket that doesn’t fit at all. I wear it anyway. I love the pictures you created in my head with this post!

    • Haha! You are invited to our Art-Rotating-Saturdays if you wear your tweed jacket 🙂 Have a great weekend Erin!

  • Haha, little tweed-kids. 😀 I am too a sucker for art history, I think I have 40 art books around. Now we have finally moved in to our new home, and it looks so much like a grandmother lives here – its very cosy and will stay this way until we can afford to buy new furniture! The first thing we have to upgrade is the bathroom, the rest is liveable. And my boyfriend asked me to marry him when we ate sushi on our first night here (YAY!) – big day!

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