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Is it common to say "She is a Monet"? We have a similar expression like "She is a 100-meter beauty".
ex)She is a Monet. She looks quite attractive from a distance, but a closer look will make you sick.
Could be worse- if she were a Jackson Pollock, it would be serious, though I do like his paintings.No, it's not common at all, thankfully.
(Gulliver's Travels)The nurse, to quiet her babe, made use of a rattle which was a kind of hollow vessel filled with great stones, and fastened by a cable to the child's waist: but all in vain; so that she was forced to apply the last remedy by giving it suck. I must confess no object ever disgusted me so much as the sight of her monstrous breast, which I cannot tell what to compare with, so as to give the curious reader an idea of its bulk, shape, and colour. It stood prominent six feet, and could not be less than sixteen in circumference. The nipple was about half the bigness of my head, and the hue both of that and the dug, so varied with spots, pimples, and freckles, that nothing could appear more nauseous: for I had a near sight of her, she sitting down, the more conveniently to give suck, and I standing on the table. This made me reflect upon the fair skins of our English ladies, who appear so beautiful to us, only because they are of our own size, and their defects not to be seen but through a magnifying glass; where we find by experiment that the smoothest and whitest skins look rough, and coarse, and ill-coloured.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
The artist I can't explain is Mark Rothko- he paints stripes, but he's one of the greatest artists I have seen. He does great stripes and bands.
I'd never heard either phrase and I have to say that if I heard the Monet or 100-metre version with no context, I would have taken them to be complimentary. For the Monet quote, I would assume the speaker was simply saying the woman was beautiful enough to be in a portrait by a famous artist. For the 100-metre one, I might think it meant that the person's beauty was visible even from 100 metres, not just up close.
I'm rather appalled at the idea that there's a specific phrase for someone whose appearance apparently makes one sick. What an unpleasant way to think about people.
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