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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:51 pm

The fine art of Barbie-sitting - in pictures

How does Barbie compare with the models who inspired the old masters? French artist Jocelyne Grivaud re-created famous artworks using the Mattel doll, and her series of images charts how the ideal female form has changed over the decades

The Observer, Sunday 29 January 2012

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:52 pm


Warhol's Marilyn Monroe
'Here is Barbie's 15 minutes of fame,' says French artist Jocelyne Grivaud, who has cast her as Marilyn Monroe, captured by an Andy Warhol print
See the original artwork here. Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:54 pm


Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
'Surely the most famous smile in the world, so to superimpose it on the most famous doll in the world had to be done. The Mona Lisa’s dress is fairly simple but very complicated to replicate in Barbie size'. Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud; Corbis

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:57 pm


The Venus de Milo
Barbie aping one of the most recognisable works of Ancient Greek sculpture, a marble statue of the goddess Aphrodite. Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud; Corbis

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:59 pm


Helmut Newton's Henrietta
This pose is a remake of Big Nude III: Henrietta, an image inspired by German police photographs of the Baader-Meinhof group.
Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:02 pm

^ The original artwork:


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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:04 pm


Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Grivaud says: ‘It was captivating for me to compare this portrait of a young girl – full of calm and serenity, a bit anxious – with Barbie’s face, with her side-glance and her self-assurance’. Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud; Corbis

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:07 pm


Magritte's L'Evidence Eternelle
'Magritte's painting splits up the idea of a woman. Composed of different parts, each of them stresses phantasms… like Barbie'
Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:11 pm

^ The original artwork:


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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:14 pm


Manet's Olympia
‘Olympia touches me because of the model’s expression and attitude, both of which I find so contemporary – she is proud and feisty… Whereas Barbie, nude in an alcove, is asking herself if the person announcing himself with flowers might be worth her attentions’. Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud; Bridgeman Art Library

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:17 pm


Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres
Inspired by Man Ray's photograph of the model Kiki - he painted the f-holes of a violin onto the print after taking the picture
Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:21 pm

^ The original artwork:


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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:23 pm


Otto Dix's Sylvia
‘I adore Dix’s painting [Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926)]. It’s like Barbie is alone in the cafe, mulling over this fantastic joke that is the human condition.’ Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud

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Post  eddie on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:28 pm

^ The original artwork:


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