That sexy slouch says it all.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Young Spanish Woman with Guitar (1898)
Renoir seems to paint quite a lot of young people that could be classified as hipsters (striped shirts and “ironic” boating hats!), but this young lady takes the cake. Not only is she strumming the casual hipster’s favorite instrument, and possibly singing a song she herself wrote about that one time that guy broke up with her, but the girl’s wearing two hats. Two hats! That kind of thing is only done by hipsters. And, apparently, Spanish musicians. But no matter.
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The Hangover (1888)
Ah, disaffected youth. This girl is in about thirty bars in Brooklyn (and Manhattan) right now.
Pablo Picasso, Acrobat and Young Harlequin (1905)
We saw two kids wearing these exact jumpsuits in Williamsburg just last week.
Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait (1889)
Weird hat? Check. Obviously thrifted old man’s overcoat? Check. Affected accessory? Check. Clear evidence of ill-advised DIY project gone awry? Check.
René Magritte, The Lovers (1928)
This seems like the exact kind of weird sex game hipsters play when they’re bored. “Let’s cover our faces and make out! It’ll be hilarious! And Mom will buy us new ones when we ruin them rolling around in all this mud!” Plus, everybody knows all hipsters love surrealism.
Marc Chagall, Les Fiancés de la Tour Eiffel (1913)
Because only a hipster couple would have an enormous rooster, flying cello/goat, and a healthy number of fairies at their wedding.
Gustave Courbet, Woman with White Stockings (1861)
Honestly, this painting is just a few white Helvetica characters short of an American Apparel ad. We wish we could say, “except that it’s classier,” but we’re pretty sure Courbet pulled a Dov Charney on this chick.