These hand-painted Barbie dolls arranged to recreate famous paintings are the work of Catherine Théry. Their goal is to raise questions about beauty, intelligence, and women’s place in society – both then and now. In almost every painting, the Barbies have replaced the men in the originals.
Barbie dolls were launched in March 1959, and were inspired by a German doll called Bild Lili. Barbie was one of the first children’s doll that depicted an adult. Her name is based on the designer’s daughter’s name, Barbara. One of the common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image.
These barbies were recently exhibited at a gallery called Teodora in Paris under the title “Not the ones you think.”
“The Last Supper”, Leonardo da Vinci
“The Death of Marat”, Jacques-Louis David
“The Son of Man” René Magritte / “American Gothic”, Grant Wood
“Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses soeurs”, Unknown Artist
“The Two Fridas”, Frida Kahlo / “The Scream”, Edvard Munch
“The Creation of Adam”, Michelangelo
The Card Players, Cezanne
“Lunch on the Grass”, Édouard Manet
“The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”, Rembrandt
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