It is our contention that the hipster has been around forever, and will be around forever. Scary, we know. But whether or not our prediction holds true, the special combination of cool and youth has always inspired culture, even the oil paintings of masters like Renoir, Schiele, Magritte and Picasso. Don’t believe us? We scoured the repertoires of our favorite artists — impressionist, expressionist, surrealist and otherwise — to find their paintings of what might now be called hipsters. Now, we’re not exactly claiming that these artists knew they were painting 21st century hipsters (although who is Schiele kidding), but future generations get to interpret art as they see fit. Click through for our list of accidental paintings of hipsters by famous master artists.
Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Hands on Chest (1910)
Basically all of Egon Schiele’s subjects were skeletal Viennese hipsters, but then of course, so was he. We picked this self-portrait not for the blue hair (although, blue hair!) but for the calm smug expression on his face, as if he’s overseeing a bar scene that he’s like, totally the king of, just off to the right.