He Was Truly Ahead of His Time

He Was Truly Ahead of His Time

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He Was Truly Ahead of His Time refers to a series of three-panel exploitable images based on a webcomic by Tumblr artist Ronnie Raccoon. In the meme, characters critique the changing sentiments towards the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his work "Starry Night." The final image shows a meme or other humorous photograph from the internet, implying that in the future it will be considered high art.

Origin

On February 1st, 2015, Tumblr[1] user Ronnie Raccoon published a three-panel comic entitled "Art." The piece features characters debating the merits of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" over time, particularly how when it was first painted, critics reacted negatively to the painting, and how in the present of 2015, the artist is regarded as "ahead of his time." The final panel features Amy the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series with someone inside her stomach (implied to be Sonic himself), implying that in the future vore illustrations will be considered high-art. Over the course of two years, the post (shown below) has received more than 17,000 notes.


VAN GOGH, YOUR WORK S I GARBAGE! 2015, AD HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME... IT'S TRAGIC HOW NOBODy UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTILLONO AFTER THEY DIE... 2285, AD I LOVETHE FEELINGH OF YOU STRGUGLING INSID E OF SONIC MY BIG BEELY LET ME OUT AMyll COPYRIGT REDTAILS257 RONリ1ER ACCOON.TUMBLR.COM

Spread

The following month, on March 25th, FunnyJunk [2] user crackalacking posted the comic on the site, where it received more than 1,400 upvotes and 48,000 views in two and a half years.

The next day, user pedestrianx posted a template for the meme, removing the last image, and commented, "Show me some dank memes FJ." The user proceeded to post three variations of the comic all with different pictures in the third panel (shown below).


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Two years later, on June 29th, 2017, the Facebook [3] LibertyMemesPage shared a variation of the meme. In this version, the third panel features a shirtless Alex Jones and two Pepe the Frogs with hearts in their eyes. Within four months, the post received more than 1,400 reactions, 280 shares and 70 comments.

In 2017, the comic also became popular on the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit, where it generated multiple threads about its value and potential popularity.[4][5]


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Various Examples


VAN GOGH, YOUR WORK IS GARBAGE! 1889, AD 2015, AD HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS ITS TRAGIC HOW NOBODY UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTILLON AFTER THEY DIE... TIME. 22 85, AD TUMBLA.COM VAN GOGH, YOUR 1839, AD WORK GARBAGE 2015, AD ITS TRAGIC HOW N0B0Dy UNDERSTANDS HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME AFTER THEY DIE.. 2285, AD VAN GOGH, YOUR WORK l 1889, AD GARBAGE! 201S, AD HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME IT'S TRAGIC HOW NOBODY UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTIL LONG AFTER THEY DIE... 22 85, AD LA.COM
GEORGE, yOUR 1999 WORK S GARBAGE! 2017 HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME. TS TRAGIC HOW NOBODY UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTIL LON AFTER THEY RETIRE 2085 VAN GOGH, YOUR WORK 1l 1889, AD GARBAGE 2015, AD HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME. T'S TRAGIC HOW NOBODy UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTIL LONG AFTER THEY DIE. 2285, AD NO MAN'S SKY VBLA.Com VAN GOGH, YOUR WORK GARBAGE! 1889, AD 2015, AD HE WAS TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME TS TRAGIC HOW NOBODY UNDERSTANDS AN ARTIST UNTIL LONG AFTER THEY DIE... 2285, AD

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