Tableau Vivant

The Assignment:

Find an art history image–it’ll most likely be a painting–and recreate it in  such a way that the recreation comments on contemporary society. This is an assignment that can be done alone or in a group. It is worth 5%.

Olympia 1865, by Eduoard Manet


mw12483.jpgtacita-dean-the-story-of-beard-1992.jpgEmperor Haute Couture, by Margaret Sutherland


Dejeuner sur l’herbe, by Eduoard Manet


Artist Lee Towndrow “reimagined Edouard Manet’s painting ‘Le Dejuner sur l’herbe’ for the artist collective The MFA, consisting of Sheila Heti, Margaux Williamson, Ryan Kamstra, and Sholem Krishtalka. Treating the iconic painting with a photographic sensibility, Lee imbued the painting with a depth and dynamism only photography can provide”:


tumblr_mwmcpfwX5S1sqk8c8o1_500.jpg Here, another recreation, this one from SNAP! magazine.


This was the cover of a Bow Wow Wow album in 1984

DeAndreaJ-ManetDejeunersurlHerbe.jpgThis is John de Andrea’s version, 1982….

The Simpsons

Picasso, 1964

MT-LM13349-Le-dejeuner.jpgMickalene Thomas (2009)


Johnathan Charles (1974)

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