Quiz: 6 Famous Movie Posters Reimagined as Paintings

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?

Find out if your movie buff status matches your art history knowledge by taking the quiz below!


Children of the nineties fell in love with E.T., the gentle alien that found a friend in a human boy named Elliot and his friends.

In the late 19th century, this artist was barely known. His Post-Impressionist works would later become a worldwide sensation.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Capote’s famous Holly Golightly, a young, New York socialite, is in search of a wealthy, older man to marry but meets her neighbor, Paul in the process.

This folk artist broke the mold and opened the door for many similar creatives to follow.



A team of former parapsychologists team up to create a ghost removal service and get into a whole array of shenanigans.

Inspired by comic books, this artist is best known for his use of the “Ben-Day” dot.



In this controversial tale of forbidden love, a professor becomes obsessed with his step-daughter.

Credited with founding or co-founding many influential movements, modern art would not be same without this artist.


The Silence of the Lambs

A top F.B.I. student interviews psychopath and brilliant psychologist, Hannibal Lecter. The thriller that ensues keeps viewers on the edge of their seat as a mystery unfolds.

This imaginative and eccentric artist drew attention for more than just his artwork.



In this American thriller, a young woman is killed by a shark in a small coastal town reliant on tourism. Due to decisions made by authority figures, a reign of terror begins.

This prolific French artist was partially responsible for coining the term “Impressionism” after one of his works was disparaged by an art critic.




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