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Art history of the last 500 years has a theme

manet painting woman ignoring man Edouard Manet 's "In the Winter Garden" is a perfect example.

As long as there have been women, men have tried to woo them. And as long as men have tried to woo them, women have been doing their best to avoid unwanted attention. But sometimes, guys just don't take a hint.

That's where The Toast comes in, rounding up classical paintings across centuries of art history with one theme — women just trying to get on with their lives — with brief imagined exchanges between the subjects.


Gentlemen, take a look at these men and maybe rethink your timing.

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