Classical Paintings Are Getting A Geeky Makeover

An artist on Tumblr, who goes by the name Lothlenan (a.k.a. “Chubby Unicorn“), has recreated a collection of classical paintings with characters such as Totoro, Rick and Morty, Link and Zelda, Adventure Time and Sailor Moon.
Classical art is beautiful to look at, but some of us have a hard time relating to it. By revamping iconic artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries, Lothlenan cleverly inserts contemporary figures, all while keeping the style of the original painting.

From Monet’s loose brushstrokes to the painstaking detail of Fragonard’s Rococo foliage, no detail is spared. In fact, Lothlenan’s work isn’t only an exercise in fandom art, but also how to capture different artistic styles digitally. “This was a nice exercise in mark making and trying to salvage texture in a digital painting,” the artist writes of working from a Monet painting. “And yes, I fell into the trap of thinking impressionism would be simple… but found out it was more than I bargained for.”

based on the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch

based on the painting Woman With A Parasol by Claude Monet

based on the painting A Portrait Of Louis Xiv by Hyacinthe Rigaud

based on the painting Self Portrait With Her Daughter by Madame Le Brun

based on the painting The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard

based on the painting The Accolade by Edmund Leighton 

based on the painting Le Printemps by Pierre Auguste Cot

Lothlenan sells prints and products featuring the finished images via Society 6 and RedBubble.