Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet


-Fred, I do like to show you off
when you’re here because you are a renaissance
man and I overheard you saying backstage that you have
an art historian’s knowledge of every painting ever painted. -Every painting, yes. -That can’t possibly be true. Are you telling me
that is a true thing? -That’s the truth. -Alright.
[ Laughter ] Then I want to test it
once again in our segment “Fred Armisen, art aficionado.” [ Cheers and applause ] I’m so excited about this
because I love to learn. I love knowledge. I’m so excited for you
to impart it upon me. This is Claude Monet’s
1889 masterpiece “Bridge over a Pond
of Water Lilies.” Fred, tell us about
this classic painting. -Well, this hung in the National
Gallery for a long time. And visitors would come
from far away. Two million visitors a day
would come to see this. And it was hung upside down
for a long time because — [ Laughter ] -So, like, for
2 million visitors — It was like this. They thought it was a bridge
that hung down. -Uh-huh. -And so Monet came in,
and he was just like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,
whoa, whoa, whoa.” [ Laughter ] -So, he was still alive
at the time? -He was still alive.
-Gotcha. -It was hanging in
the National Gallery. -So, interesting. So 2 million
people a day are seeing — before air travel.
-Yes. [ Laughter ]
Before air travel. My suspicion is is that it was
the same two million people. [ Laughter ]
Sort of repeat customers. That’s my opinion.
There’s no way to know. -Gotcha. But you’re suspicious. -I think so.
-Yeah, okay. So this is what they would see,
and Monet came in. I cut you off. I’m sorry.
-Apology accepted. And he’s just like —
[ Laughter ] So, he was mad at first. He’s like, “How do you expect
people to go over this bridge?” And they’re like,
“Well, I thought it was one of those hanging bridges
that goes down like this,” and then he was like,
“No. Turn it over, please.” -Okay.
-So they turned it back over. -So they did this. Okay, yeah. -Well, they did
the sideways version first. [ Laughter ] -So what did they think
it was then? -They were kidding with him.
[ Laughter ] So, they were doing a bit with
him, and he’s like, “Guys.” [ Laughter ]
“Don’t.” -So was that like —
Is that like how Monet was? He was kind of exasperated?
-Yeah, yeah. Yes, and at that point
he’s just like, “I really need this to be hung
up right so I can go back.” -Right. To?
-To France. -Gotcha.
[ Laughter ] -And so they hung it back up. He’s like, “How many visitors
are we getting a day?” And they’re like,
“We told you — 2 million.” He’s like,
“And are you counting? Are we collecting money
for this?” And they’re like, “Oh, my God.”
[ Laughter ] “Oh, my God.” So he didn’t make much
from this. -Oh, wow. -He didn’t make money from this, which people think
he was very rich. He was not at the time. -Okay. That is so helpful.
Give it up. We all learned so much. Give it up for
Fred Armisen, art aficionado.

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