Famous Painting Title Challenge

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  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 20

    I collect info and do prompt challenges for our Songwriting Group each month. This was my newest idea and thought you might like to give it a go. I will post a list of some famous paintings and of course, if you don't like any of these, you can go search for some more. I always stress that they can be inspiration, a hook or used as a line in a song, hope this can help take you somewhere and bring on another song. I am not assigning any to anyone, you have to choose one that brings on your next song. Have Fun! #famouspaintingchallenge

    Cafe Terrace at Night
    Flaming June
    The Gleaners
    The Persistence of Memory
    Liberty Leading the People
    Paris Street; Rainy Day
    In a Roman Osteria
    The Garden of Earthly Delights
    Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
    The Swing
    The Great Wave off Kanagawa
    The Scream
    Moonrise Over the Sea
    Laughing Cavalier
    Netherlandish Proverbs
    The Old Guitarist
    Washington Crossing the Delaware
    The Death of Marat
    American Gothic
    The Kiss
    The Fighting Temeraire
    The Night Cafe
    Samson and Delilah
    Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers
    At Eternity's Gate
    The Bedroom
    The Blue Boy
    Breezing Up
    Judith and her Maidservant
    Boulevard Montmartre, Paris
    By the Seashore
    Young Hare
    The Slave Ship
    The Gulf Stream
    The Lovers
    Pygmalion and Galatea
    A Lane int he Public Garden at Arles
    The Hangover
    Adoration of the Magi
    The Son of Man
    Pink and Blue
    Sacred and Profane Love
    The Sleeping Gypsy
    the Proposition
    I and the Village
    Little Girl in Blue Armchair
    Watson and the Shark
    Deer in the Forest
    The Funeral
    Dance Hall in Arles
    The Blue Room
    The Sea
    Red Balloon
    The Open Window
    Three Musicians
    Violin and Candlestick
    Girl in White
    The Three Dancers

  • @tiller2  Jan 20

    Some great titles there, thanks!

  • @tcelliott  Jan 20


  • @jorh  Jan 20

    Thanks for sharing 😀 I’ll definitely have a crack at this

  • @jaegerin  Jan 20

    Great idea, @tamsnumber4 ! I'm going to have a go at this.

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 20

    Thx @tamsnumber4 i will have a go for sure!

  • @ampersandman  Jan 20

    I immediately had to think of this song: The Weakerthans' "Night Windows", John K. Samson's brilliant take on Edward Hoppers' painting. That guy is a master lyricist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDB64nF6rts

  • @oddbod  Jan 20

    I had fun trying to match the artist to these
    I knew quite a lot in the top half but very few in the lower

  • @celineellis  Jan 20

    One of the titles I have written down for this years FAWM is 'Mona Lisa' after i tried to write it last year but stumbled. so its in my list for this year!!

  • @andygetch  Jan 20

    Good challenge. I wrote a song based on 'The Old Guitarist' (and an interview with Guy Clark) in 50/90 about 7 years ago. It was also helpful to me to use the painting content as inspiration.

  • @rayboneor  Jan 20

    The only painting that's ever inspired me is René Magritte's Treachery of Images, also known as Ceci n'est pas une pipe. (It's a painting of a pipe, with the caption: "This is not a pipe." A good number of my songs really aren't songs, so I feel they should be titled "Ceci n'est pas une chanson"

  • @tjeff  Jan 20

    Thank you! Some great titles there.

  • @bradbrubaker  Jan 20

    I think I can manage this. 😀

  • @kovbleu  Jan 20

    Ohhh, I like this.

  • @francessmith Jan 20

    I like this idea.

  • @wacha  Jan 20

    Ooh, I'm in on this one for sure!

  • @tawny249  Jan 21

    So cool! I love this idea. Definitely giving this a go. 😁

  • @gubna Jan 21

    My father was a visionary painter. I thought of using a bunch of his painting as song titles. Cause a lot of them are not only trippy paintings, but trippy titles. I recognize a bunch of these in your list. The Gulf Stream . I read two books on that painter.
    Great idea!

  • @barbara  Jan 21

    Juicy idea!! Thanks for suggesting it and listing so many here. 😊

  • @thedustcollector Jan 26

    oh wow, there's a lot here to work from! I might take a crack at this. Thanks for offering such an extensive list!

  • @mlv  Jan 28

    I like this a lot! Thank you!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 30

    Appreciate the Positive Feedback!! Hope it inspires some great FAWM songs!!

  • @prsongsmith  Jan 31

    Fawmlimg here - this is great and is already getting my creative juices flowing!

  • @lowhum Jan 31

    i can't do it if it's not on my wall!

  • @the3queens  Feb 1

    I've added this and will look at the paintings that jump out at me.

  • @wylddandelyon Feb 1

    This looks interesting!

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 2

    Had a similar thought for a challenge, if you're needing more titles; https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10925/

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 2

    Here's mine, "Paris Street - Rainy Weather":

  • @nateger Feb 2

    I was misreading the titles as I scrolled down. I liked "Watson and the Shrek" or "Boulevard by the Seashore" or "The Blue Bedroom Boy"

  • @krayzie003  Feb 2

    Great idea. I may have to give this a shot.

  • @mikeb Feb 3

    I chose van Gogh's 'The Night Cafe' https://fawm.org/songs/112414/

  • @flw3rch1ld  Feb 3

    Ooo! I have a few I picked lol. I’ll try to narrow it down

  • @mikehex  Feb 4

    I did one for Dali's 'The Temptation of St Anthony' https://fawm.org/songs/112707/

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    This is great! Thank you!

  • @cicpisces Feb 5

    I chose The Red Balloon.
    I wrote the lyric and a collaborator has offered to add music. 😀

  • @quork  Feb 5

    Can I put in a plug for @helene, who is writing songs this month inspired by Van Gogh paintings? She's got a couple up so far. I was really taken by Tournesols (Sunflowers).

  • @apolez3 Feb 5

    hello hmmm maybe..

  • @tawny249  Feb 7

    Lyrics are up for my song based on the painting "The Ninth Wave".


  • @gubna Feb 7

    I've got one. John Martin's Belshazzar's Feast.

  • @leslie  Feb 10

    I chose Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais (also using dialogue and imagery from Hamlet, also inspired by the 2018 film by the same name). Thanks for this challenge!

    "Only Ophelia Knows" https://fawm.org/songs/115811/

  • @scottlake Feb 10

    A nice reproduction of Cafe Terrace at Night hangs on my studio wall! A print of Kadinsky’s Farbstudie gangs on another wall

  • @estebanlartigue  Feb 10


  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 11

    More wonderful songs and lyrics inspired by famous paintings!! I am so happy that this challenge is working for some and I will try to give all attempts at this a listen!

  • @gubna Feb 12

    Oh, this one is pretty weird. The painting is weird, but incredible, and about a weird event. But here it is. Belshazzar's Feast.

  • @blackrose1313 Feb 17

    Just posted mine! https://fawm.org/songs/119098/

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 17

    Thank you so much Tammy, here is my instrumental: https://fawm.org/songs/119108/

  • @jorh  Feb 22

    I went off-piste and ended up just using the title of the painting ‘paradise’ rather than writing about anything related to it - i just couldn’t get a picture of the beach out my head 😂 thanks for sharing the challenge - was fun!


  • @conorg Feb 28

    I've been drawing scrabble tiles for song titles and lucky enough got a painting title! The painting is Franz Kline's Cupola:


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