CULTURE & ARTS

15 People In Art History Having A Worse Christmas Than You

(And some sheep as well.)

The holidays can be rough. But no matter how politically ignorant your Aunt Susie is or how drunk and obnoxious your Uncle Mort is, at least you are not any of these unfortunate souls whose sad Christmases are forever immortalized in the archives of art history. 

Everyone who is not the girl in the red velvet. She's clearly getting most of the ham. 

Charles Green, "Christmas Comes But Once A Year," 1896 (<a href="http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_205099/Charles-Gree
Charles Green, "Christmas Comes But Once A Year," 1896 (Wiki Commons)

Whoever is about to get this freaky doll with the small feet. Does she even have any hands? Who made this doll? 

Unknown artist, "Christmassy table of gifts for a girl," 1840 (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1840_Weihnach
Unknown artist, "Christmassy table of gifts for a girl," 1840 (Wiki Commons)

This brooding soul. "Just one tiny book and one tiny cigarette for me, please."

Edvard Munch, "Christmas in the Brothel," 1904 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_the_Brothel#/media/File:M
Edvard Munch, "Christmas in the Brothel," 1904 (Wiki Commons)

The lone fellow in the pack who never wanted to hunt. He always felt a certain affinity for animals, though his father never understood his way of life. In fact, the thought of eating them makes him sick to his stomach. 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, "Hunters in the Snow," 1565 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunters_in_the_Snow">Wiki C
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, "Hunters in the Snow," 1565 (Wiki Commons)

These passive aggressive grannies missing out on all the holiday cheer. I sense tension, no? 

Jozef Rippl-Ronai, "Christmas," 1903 (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rippl_Christmas.jpg">Wiki Commons</a>)
Jozef Rippl-Ronai, "Christmas," 1903 (Wiki Commons)

This poor Mary who happened to go into labor at night. A dark barn does not constitute ideal birthing conditions.

Geertgen tot Sint Jans, "The Nativity at Night,"&nbsp;1490 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Geertgen_tot_Sint_Jan
Geertgen tot Sint Jans, "The Nativity at Night," 1490 (Wiki Commons)

This lil' guy. Pssst, dude, it looks like the sun is setting. Let's wrap it up. 

Caspar David Friedrich, "Winterlandschaft," 1811 (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caspar_David_Friedrich_-_W
Caspar David Friedrich, "Winterlandschaft," 1811 (Wiki Commons)

All the ladies in the house who have to ice skate in a poofy dress. That is some patriarchal bullsh*t. 

Hendrick Avercamp, "A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle," 1608 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Winter_Scene_w
Hendrick Avercamp, "A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle," 1608 (Wiki Commons)

These sheep. They don't even know it's Christmas. 

Joseph Farquharson, "Beneath The Snow Encumbered Branches," 1846 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beneath_the_Snow_Enc
Joseph Farquharson, "Beneath The Snow Encumbered Branches," 1846 (Wiki Commons)

This skinny ass Christmas tree. 

Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller, "Christmas Morning," 1844 (<a href="http://www.wikiart.org/en/ferdinand-georg-waldm-ller/christma
Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller, "Christmas Morning," 1844 (Wiki Commons)

The man designated the official punch bowl stirrer. The punch is fine, guys. 

T. Hollis,&nbsp;"Christmas - The Wassail Bowl" (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christmas_celebrated_by_peop
T. Hollis, "Christmas - The Wassail Bowl" (Wiki Commons)

This bored dude with a mustache. Thirsty for a wand and a dynasty of his own... 

Pal Bohm, "<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:B%C3%B6hm_Betlehemes_k%C3%A9sz%C3%BCl%C5%91d%C3%A9s_1870.jpg">Bet
Pal Bohm, "Betlehemes keszulodes," 1870 (Wiki Commons)

The smaller haystack. Sucks, man. 

Claude Monet, "Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning," 1891 (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_(French_-_W
Claude Monet, "Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning," 1891 (Wiki Commons)

Oh my god, all of these children. I don't know who to trust. 

Ludwig Robler, "Die Kinder der Familie Buderus, 1866 (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Die_Kinder_der_Familie
Ludwig Robler, "Die Kinder der Familie Buderus, 1866 (Wiki Commons)

The guy about to be trampled on by a million drunk people. No matter how much your Christmas sucks, at least you won't be at the bottom of a drunken dance-party-turned-brawl surrounded by precarious broken glass and spilled mead. 

Robert David Wilkie, "The Christmas Party, 1850 (<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ChristmasParty_ca1850_Attri
Robert David Wilkie, "The Christmas Party, 1850 (Wiki Commons)

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