The connection between fine art and entertainment sustained generations of theatergoers before movies were available to the masses. Some artists used entertainers as the subject of their works, like Edgar Degas and his famous dancers. Others assisted in theater and opera productions, including Salvador Dalí, who designed the sets for “Salome” at the Royal Opera House in 1949.
Visual artists continued their contributions when film took over as the dominant form of entertainment, especially after Pop artists of the 1950s and 1960s made it acceptable for famous artists to lend their names to collaborations across different mediums. In addition to the animators and artists working behind the scenes in the industry, Hollywood has capitalized on art history for several hits including “Girl with the Pearl Earring” and “Frida.”
Have you ever wondered what iconic movie posters would look like reimagined as fine art? The movie poster is traditionally the audience’s first glimpse of what to expect in a film, making it a very important marketing tool. We imagined what these 20th century pop culture relics would look like if they were designed by some of history’s most important artists.
What if Dalí or van Gogh had a crack at today’s blockbusters?
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