As Woody Allen said, “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” And it seems there’s no day of the year when that’s more true than Halloween. But culture-hounds take heart: Halloween doesn’t have to be all reality TV stars and internet memes. Here are seven timeless costume ideas inspired by great works of art.
Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh:
Image courtesy of James Birkbeck
Self-Portrait, 1889; Vincent van Gogh; Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Whistler’s Mother, James McNeill Whistler:
Image courtesy of Tony Brannon
Whistler’s Mother (Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1), 1871, James McNeill Whistler. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer:
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Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665, Johannes Vermeer. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
“I… I’ll think about it” meets “M-Maybe.”
Image courtesy of Tony Aceves.
Son of Man, Rene Magritte:
Image courtesy of Nate Vandermeulen
Flower Chucker, Banksy:
Image courtesy of Jason McDowell
Image courtesy of Flickr user Jonas K.
Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez:
Post-botched restoration attempt.
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