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Artist Reimagines Classical Paintings with Pop Culture Characters

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“Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son” by Claude Monet, 1875.

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Digital artist Lothlenan is transforming classical paintings into the ultimate fan fantasies by placing favorite anime, cartoon, and video game characters into these elaborate scenes. Revamping iconic artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries, Lothlenan cleverly inserts these 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.”

Working in characters from Sailor Moon, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda, among others, the resulting images are whimsical tableaus that will place a smile on any anime fan's face. Lothlenan sells prints and products featuring the finished images via Society 6 and RedBubble.

See more classical paintings transformed into nerdy fantasy fan art by Lothlenan.

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“The Scream” by Edvard Munch, 1893.

Lothlenan classical paintings as fandoms

“The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1767.

Lothlenan digital art geeky paintings

“Portrait Of Louis XIV” by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701.

Lothlenan digital art anime paintings

“Mr. and Mrs. Andrews” by Thomas Gainsborough, 1750.

Lothlenan digital art geeky paintings

“The Accolade” by Edmund Leighton, 1901.

Lothlenan classical paintings as fandoms

“Self-portrait With Her Daughter” by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1789.

Lothlenan classical paintings as fandoms

“Spring” by Pierre Auguste Cot, 1873.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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