Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh


-And, Fred, it’s actually been
a wonderful week. Not only were you here,
but I got to see you out in Los Angeles
this past weekend. We were at the Emmys together. And I love catching up
with you because — And I hope you know
I’m not just blowing smoke here. You’re the most
fascinating man I know. -Oh, thank you. -You’re welcome.
You’re a renaissance man. You’re a comedian.
You’re a musician. You’re a writer. And one thing that people
don’t know about you that we’ve been
talking about this week is that you are an
art connoisseur. -Yes, I love all art. -And you’re okay
the term connoisseur? That doesn’t offend you?
-I like it. -Okay, great. And, backstage,
you were saying that you have what you would describe as an
art historian’s knowledge about every painting
ever painted. -Every painting. -And that —
When I heard that — Everything up until that point,
I signed on off on, but I was like,
“Man, every painting.” So, this is a true thing. You know everything
about every painting. -Yes.
-At an art historian’s level? -More. Yes.
-Okay. Let’s test it once again
in our segment “Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado.” [ Cheers and applause ]
♪♪ -Ooh. -All right, so, there you go. Fred, this is Vincent Van Gogh’s
1885 masterpiece “The Potato Eaters.” Fred, tell us about this
classic painting. -He had a lot of help
with this one. This was painted by his parents. So, he assigned them — He sort
of gave them an assignment. He’s like,
“You guys are my parents. You know,
I’m this famous artist. And, for once,
let’s have you do something. Why don’t you depict
our family?” And they were like,
“We’re not really painters.” He’s like,
“I think you can do it.” So he gave them
some coffee grounds. And, at the breakfast table,
he just had them do it, and they came up with this. Now, the problem is —
how do you move a painting from a table onto a wall,
onto to canvas? Fascinating.
So, they used gravity for this. There’s a sort of —
There’s a method in which — -To move — Wait. They what?
Sorry. -So, they painted it —
-They painted it on the table? -On the table. -So they didn’t paint it
on a canvas. -No. What did they know?
I mean, you know… So, he’s like,
“Okay, you guys are rookies. Let’s get to this.” -So did he basically walk back
into the kitchen and go, “No!” Like, did he realize right away? -He had this relationship
with them where he was very gentle
with them. -Okay. -So he had that reaction
where he’s like [Gasps] and then
he was like, “Okay. What we’re going to do
is just –” You know, he just
slowed it all down. He’s like, “What we’re
going to do is — we’re going to try to move
this onto a canvas.” And they did it with gravity.
It’s amazing. With magnets —
There’s a weight. And kind of have it, like,
stay on the table and then move
the entire table onto the wall. -So, wait. So, you’re basically —
I’m sorry. You make this sound scientific. They just hung the table
on the wall. -They hung the table
on the wall. If that’s the term
you want to use. Look, as an art historian, there’s, like — So, there’s
some technical words that we use for
hanging things up on the wall. -What is an example of one of
those technical words that you just used? -There’s, like, a wall metal,
which means — Like, where you would use nail,
we use, like, a wall — -Also, I’m not an art historian,
but the first thing you said was, you know,
he was very famous. But I think, famously,
Van Gogh wasn’t famous till, like, after his death. -That’s what his publicist —
His publicist at the time was like,
“We need to make this thing –” They were like,
“You know, you’re penniless.” But, no, that not the case.
-Gotcha. And what — I’m sorry. Again, I want you to know
I am apologizing for my ignorance in even asking. What were his parents’ names? -Maria and Mari-o. -Sorry. So not Mario.
-No, no, no. Mari-o. Yeah. -Give it up for Fred Armisen,
everybody. [ Cheers and applause ] Mari-o Van Gogh.
-Yes. -Mari-o Van Gogh.
-Yes.

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