This week in things you never ever wanted to see, we bring you nude paintings of Seth Rogen. Based on their stylistic tonality (and the fact that they were posted on his Instagram), art experts have determined that these renderings of raw nakedness can be attributed to artist, teacher, student, lover and general visionary James Franco.
There is an innocence and purity in Rogen's submissive posturing, coupled with a contradictory sexuality. Almost as violently clashing as the reds and blues, we see an unconstrained duality of power and weakness pictured here. There is a blaring shame, cleverly juxtaposed with pride.
"Sleepy bear," Franco writes, drawing attention to the subdued animalism of his intimate depictions (read: while continuing to engage in what some view as blatant homophobia, because comedy).
According to the caption, these paintings will be available for viewing across various galleries in New York and Los Angeles. And, apparently, there are more Rogen paintings to come. In the mean time, be sure to enroll in Franco's acting classes, for the low, low price of $300 a month!
MORE SETH ROGEN PAINTINGS - they're COMING!!
PACE GALLERY - NYC
OHWOW GALLERY - LOS ANGELES http://t.co/eJ2h1xhAKT
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 27, 2014
UPDATE: Franco's paintings appear to be based on drawings from artist Christopher Schulz's 2011 book, "Seth," which includes 32 pages of fan fiction illustrations. Rogen previously discussed the drawings during an interview on "Conan" in 2011, and recently shared one of Schulz's sketches on Twitter.
Additionally, a representative of Pace has contacted Huff Post saying that, contrary to his tweet, Franco will not be having a show at their gallery.