With our upcoming “Art + Travel Europe: Step into the Lives of Five Famous Painters”, we do our best to bring the work of Vermeer, Van Gogh, Munch, Caravaggio, and Goya to life by touring you through the locations they inhabited and captured in oils. But we never did figure out how to make them dance. Good thing there are Gallic musicians who know the Louvre as well as their chord progressions. For their latest single, “70 Million”, French indie-pop act Hold Your Horses! offers up a crafty series of trompe l’oeil images pulled (or is it “sampled”) from the greatest hits of the western art cannon. Leonardo’s “Last Supper”, Munch’s “Scream”, David’s “Death of Marat”, Caravaggio’s “Salome with the Head of John the Baptist”, Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, and Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait With Bandage”, are all represented singing, swaying, and playing along to the beat. But, notre amis, what’s up with no chorus line dancers reproducing Goya’s “Third of May 1808”? For shame.
Full video below.