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20 Most Shockingly Bad Paintings Ever Created

Some say imperfection is what makes good art. But sometimes art can be so imperfect that it's just... Totally perfect. Hence MOBA, a Massachusetts-based museum which is properly known as the Museum of

Some say imperfection is what makes good art. But sometimes art can be so imperfect that it's just... Totally perfect. Hence MOBA, a Massachusetts-based museum which is properly known as the Museum of Bad Art. It's the world’s only museum dedicated to curating all mediums of bad artworks. Their 600-piece collection depicts tales of unrequited tree love, paranormal flower arrangements, apocalypses marked by roaming Canada geese and much, much more. All of them tragedies in their own way. If you're ever in the Boston, MA area, it’d be well worth your time to drop by one of their three galleries.

If art speaks to the human condition then perhaps awful art speaks to awful parts of the human condition. It takes a discerning eye to appreciate this, all the same. Here are 20 remarkably bad paintings, a series of highlights from the MOBA archives that proves that there really is such a thing as bad art.

19 Peter the Kitty

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18 Queen of the Chocolate Chip

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Victorian royals experienced immense pressure to uphold the sovereign's splendorous orthodoxy, and lower class indulgences were deplored. The chocolate chip cookie enjoyed by this portrait's subject is a powerful statement.

17 Two Trees in Love 

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Saplings will sprout near each other, grow old and die in each other's presence — is that not love? Well, as long as we can pretend trees don't compete for access to nutrients and aren't worst enemies with their closest neighbours then yes, yes it is.

16 Charlie and Sheba

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15 Suicide

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14 Tables Have Turned

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13 The Horror, The Glory

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12  13. On the Shore at Sunset

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11 Drilling for Eggs

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10 He was a Friend of Mine

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9 Trees, Wheelbarrow and Birds

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The artist has depicted what one might call a task unfinished. No gardener attends this full barrow and the lawn remains sparse. But could it be that any perceived inactivity is only our own? The blue birds are in flight, the grass is in sway and the seeds have already begun growing. This homage to van Gogh apprehends the ceaseless motions of the natural world.

9. Mama and Babe

8 Dog Bites Man

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7 See Battle

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6 No Visible Means of Support

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5 In the Cat’s Mouth

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4 Reef Garden

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3 Gina’s Demons

2 Post Apocalypse

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1 Dog

The artist has concealed where “man’s best friend” ends and frozen geology begins, and dog’s expression could not be more troubling. Once again dog is truly lost in his objectification by man. This objectification is tectonic, says the artist. It is lithospheric, wont to fold and protrude into the space we have claimed in time. Yes, perhaps our dominion over life is a slippery slope.

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