Art- Barbie The Famous Muse

Barbie famous art Pablo Picasso, Le portrait de Dora Maar
Barbie as Pablo Picasso’s Le portrait de Dora Maar

Did you play with Barbie when you where young? Well, I did! Dressing her up mostly but Jocelyne Grivaud played with Barbie too, in a more creative inspiring way. I was intrigued by   Bad Barbie: The Works of Mariel Clayton  but I enjoyed how Jocelyn reinvents Barbie as famous works of art and cultural icons throughout the ages.

Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres barbie
Barbie as Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres

She wanted to celebrate Barbie’s birthday with these portraits and she explains:

“This design needed time to take root, as often. The whole story began one day, in November 1967, with a present, all tenderness.
It was pink, vaporous and extremely delicate. With the patience of an angel, my mother had secretly knitted a dressing gown and tiny bootees for my Barbie. It seems to me there were more clothes, but these bootees, with their little pink knots on top totally fascinated me.
Then I grew up. The doll vanished, but I kept in mind the elegance and grace of my Barbie as well as a little bootee deep down my secret box.
One day, the idea of extending the happy part of my childhood through pictures I love took shape. Barbie is often criticized for being too blonde, too superficial, too skinny, too “ideal marketing”, too “this” and too “that”…. My aim was to adjust this so famous profile to different emblematic representations.
Here’s my personal contribution as a birthday present to my mascot, Barbie, superimposed on the vision of artists whose work I greatly appreciate.
Let me thank them all for creating such intense pictures. Many thanks to Ruth Handler for creating this dolly model that enraptured me throughout my childhood.”

Barbie and Otto Dix, Portrait de la journaliste Sylvia von Harden barbie famous art
Barbie and Otto Dix, Portrait de la journaliste Sylvia von Harden
Vogue, Magazine, Erwin Blumenfeld barbie
Barbie as a Vogue Magazine cover by Erwin Blumenfeld
Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa Barbie
Barbie as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
Barbie as Nefertiti
Barbie as Nefertiti
Coco Chanel barbie
Barbie as Coco Chanel
Barbie famous art Johannes Vermeer “La Jeune Fille à la Perle”
Barbie as Johannes Vermeer “La Jeune Fille à la Perle”
barbie famous art Andy Warhol Andy Warhol Marylin
Barbie as Andy Warhol’s Marylin
Vénus de Milo Barbie famous art
Barbie as Vénus de Milo

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