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This Artist Replaces The Characters In Famous Paintings With Pop Culture Characters

Published 2 months ago

Andrea Tamme, a Canadian digital artist known as Lothlenan on social media, used her artistic skills to create a unique project – she took some well-known classical paintings and reimagined their main characters as various pop culture icons!

The artist came up with the idea for this series while studying Thomas Gainsborough’s painting titled ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’. She decided to add a funny twist to the painting by replacing one of the characters with Lemongrab – a hilarious hysterical character from the ‘Adventure Time’ cartoon series. Andrea’s friends instantly fell in love with this idea and the artist eventually turned the whole thing into a series.

Check out the classical paintings Andrea reimagined in the gallery below!

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#1 Woman With A Parasol (Claude Monet) As Chu Totoro

Image source: Lothlenan

The woman and child on the left painting are Madame Monet, the painter’s wife, and their son, casually taking a stroll. While it may look like a simple oil painting at first glance, there is a lot of disguised symbolism: Madame Monet’s parasol, veil, and the dress indicate her status, even though the family was not wealthy at the time. The parasol can also be understood as a symbol of protection.

H/t: tripimprover.com

#2 Self-Portrait With Her Daughter (Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun) As Neo Queen Serenity And Small Lady

Image source: Lothlenan

The painting depicts Vigée Le Brun herself with her daughter Julie. An important part of the painting is the closeness of the two subjects – they almost appear as one. Sadly, the family went through some hardships, especially during their days in Russia but got reunited again before Julie’s tragic death in 1819.

H/t: theartstory.org

#3 The Kiss (Gustav Klimt) As Sophie And Howl

Image source: Lothlenan

The Kiss, an oil painting by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, was decorated with gold and silver leaf and despite its subjects appearing covered, many viewers of the time saw it as ‘pornographic’.

H/t: gustav-klimt.com

#4 The Swing (Jean-Honoré Fragonard) As Rose Quartz

Image source: Lothlenan

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’ is widely considered to be one of the most iconic paintings of the Rococo era. It depicts the mistress of the Baron de Saint-Julien on a swing with her husband while her lover is hiding in the bushes and at the time was regarded as a sexual metaphor. The lost shoe also has significance – it symbolizes the loss of innocence.

H/t: theartstory.org

#5 The Scream (Edvard Munch) As Rick And Morty

Image source: Lothlenan

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is a painting most of us can recognize. The screaming figure symbolizes the anxiety of the modern man. The artist himself had to experience something similar when he was left behind by his two companions seen in the background, yet the figure in the painting is not supposed to resemble the Munch himself.

H/t: edvardmunch.org

#6 Le Printemps (Pierre Auguste Cot) As Princess Bubblegum And Marceline

Image source: Lothlenan

Pierre Auguste Cot’s ‘Le Printemps’ is mid-19th-century oil-on-canvas painting, depicting a couple enjoying a romantic day on the swing. The artist was inspired by Neoclassicism and Romanticism and was well known for his sensual artworks.

H/t: art.com

#7 The Accolade (Edmund Leighton) As Link And Princess Zelda

Image source: Lothlenan

British artist Edmund Leighton’s painting ‘The Accolade’ depicts exactly what the name suggests – the accolade ceremony, where a soldier is promoted to the ranks of a knight. The artist’s intricate painting focuses closely on the clothes worn by the subjects and their vivid colors.

H/t: art.com

#8 God Speed (Edmund Leighton) As Princess Zelda And Link

Image source: Lothlenan

Edmund Leighton’s oil-on-canvas painting ‘God Speed’ depicts a knight going out to battle while his lover says goodbye. She is shown tying a sash around his arm – a symbol of luch during those times.

H/t: artworkonly.com

#9 Portrait Of Louis XIV (Hyacinthe Rigaud) As Ice King

Image source: Lothlenan

This portrait of Louis XIV, painted by French painter Hyacinthe Rigaud, was commissioned by the king, who wanted to fulfill his grandson’s with for a personal portrait. It was supposed to be a gift for Philip V of Spain but it was just too popular at court and it was decided not to ship it.

H/t: louvre.fr

#10 Girl With A Pearl Earring (Johannes Vermeer) As Princess Peach

Image source: Lothlenan

Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ is another iconic painting most of us can recognize. It depicts a young lady with a pearl earring and is quite unusual for the painter as he usually painted people doing daily chores.

H/t: britannica.com

#11 Joan Of Arc (Charles-Amable Lenoir) As Jeanne D’arc

Image source: Lothlenan

Many artists depicted Joan of Arc in their artworks – like this painting by Charles-Amable Lenoir. Even though the artist’s parents did not support his desire to become a painter, that did not stop him from becoming a study master and later on a teacher at a secondary school. He made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1887 and continued to exhibit there throughout his life. Sadly, in his later years, the artist’s paintings were considered ‘out of fashion’.

#12 Mr. And Mrs. Andrews (Thomas Gainsborough) As The Earl Of Lemongrab And Lady Lemongrabs

Image source: Lothlenan

Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘Mr. And Mrs. Andrews’ is an oil-on-canvas painting the artist created in 1748. It is a rather unusual composition for the time as a lot of attention was given to the landscape.

H/t: nationalgallery.org.uk

#13 Mona Lisa (Leonardo Da Vinci) As Tina Belcher

Image source: Lothlenan

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ has to be the most iconic painting ever created – and the most valuable too. It depicts a young woman, whose smile is still adored by people everywhere, in front of a mountainous landscape. Some people say the painting attracted so much attention is because the painter managed to capture the soul of its subject.

H/t: leonardodavinci.net

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