Artist Creates Voyeuristic Paintings of Real Museum Patrons Lost in the Beauty of Fine Art

When you visit an art museum, the people watching is an added bonus to the incredible creativity that lines the walls. From afar, Karin Jurick observes patrons as they intently look at iconic artworks, capturing these moments with her camera. She later paints both the people and the pieces that captivated her attention for the voyeuristic series called Museum Patrons.

Jurick’s concept has her recreate some of the world’s most renowned paintings like Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. These prized works are treated with the same attention to detail as the passerbys, whose attitudes are the most compelling part of Museum Patrons. Their body language demonstrates how they prefer to observe the art, and everyone has a slightly different style. Some lean into the paintings, trying to soak up every detail. Others look with their arms on their hips and head cocked, trying to discern what the piece means. Some simply look bored.

Jurick compiled a selection of her favorite Museum Patrons paintings into a self-published book called ArtistZ. The alphabet-style publication features and A to Z presentation of inspiring painters, including an image of her work as well as a quote from each artist.

Above: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Irises by Claude Monet

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso 

The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

American Gothic by Grant Wood

The Red Armchair, Portrait of Sylvette David, and Femme Assise by Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

Dance by Henri Matisse

Close Encounter by Chuck Close

Karin Jurick: Website
via [Adventures of Yoo]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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