On Monday, New York City’s Fox affiliate ran a segment about the record-breaking sale of Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (version O), a modern masterpiece that was auctioned off for $179.35 million (including the commission paid to Christie’s). Like many of Picasso’s paintings, the work featured some female nudity, albeit of the Cubist variety—which the station decided to censor.
Inspired by the station’s expert blurring, we decided to see what other masterpieces of art history would look like if censored by an overzealous local news channel.
Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, 1830
Madonna Litta, Leonardo da Vinci, 1490–1491
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, Marcel Duchamp, 1912
Series I, No. 8, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1919
Blue Nude II, Henri Matisse, 1952
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch, 1503–1504
Le fermier et son épouse, Joan Miró, 1936
Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud, 1995
The Luncheon on the Grass, Édouard Manet, 1862–1863
No. 36 (Black Stripe), Mark Rothko, 1958