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ALL Art In BoJack Horseman We Could Find Gathered In One Place (5th Season Update)

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ALL Art In BoJack Horseman We Could Find Gathered In One Place (5th Season Update)

We love it when pop culture is adopting, using, and remixing art history, and especially when that mixture includes a TV show… If you’re BoJack Horseman fan and an art aficionado, you’re going to love this article. (You can also check out our article about The Young Pope).

For those of you who are not familiar with BoJack – he was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around” in the 90’s, now he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters. 18 years later, after his show has been cancelled, BoJack wants to regain his dignity. With the aid of a human sidekick and a feline ex-girlfriend who is his agent, he sets out to make it happen. The series fearlessly traverses the emotional gamut – with results that are heartbreaking as often as they are hilarious. In addition to plenty of references to sex, drugs, and alcohol.

Did I mention that BoJack is a humanoid horse? And in this black comedy series created by Netflix you can see dozens of references to classic and contemporary art. We have collected ALL OF THEM from ALL FIVE SEASONS for you.

1. Henri Rousseau

Painter Henri Rousseau was ridiculed during much of his lifetime for painting in a naïve or primitive manner, but eventually, with the endorsement of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and other younger artists, was considered a self-taught genius. His best-known work depicts imaginary jungle scenes inspired by his visits to the zoo. The plants and the sun are characteristic elements of most of his works.

Art in BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman and Henri Rousseau-like painting.

BoJack Horseman and Henri Rousseau-like painting.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanHenri Rousseau, Jungle with Setting Sun, ca. 1910, Kunstmuseum Basel

Henri Rousseau, Jungle with Setting Sun, ca. 1910, Kunstmuseum Basel

2. David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist

Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist, also known as Pool With Two Figures is a painting that shares many commonalities with BoJack’s own story. Hockney moved from Great Britain to California in the 1960s and later moved into a canyon house. He is internationally acclaimed for paintings of LA swimming pools. Also, when Hockney painted this masterpiece in 1972, he was after a long term relationship, depressed and often shut away in his own home. It’s the story of loneliness and detachment, a perfect illustration of BoJack’s ongoing turmoils.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanBoJack's version of David Hockney, Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures), season 01 episode 02

BoJack’s version of David Hockney, Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures), season 01 episode 02

Art in BoJack Horseman David Hockney, Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures), 1972, private collection

David Hockney, Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures), 1972, private collection

3. Henri Matisse, Dance

Henri Matisse’s Dance depicts nude figures dancing freely together in a circle. The story of the painting is quite extraordinary. An extremely wealthy Russian industrialist named Sergei Shchukin asked Matisse for three large scale canvases to decorate the spiral staircase of his mansion, the Trubetskoy Palace in Moscow. The final version of Dance has been described as forbidding, menacing, tribal, ritualistic, even demonic. Ideal for BoJack’s house, known for crazy parties.

Art in BoJack Horseman Henri Matisse's Dance, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 02

Henri Matisse’s Dance, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 02

 Art in BoJack HorsemanHenri Matisse, Dance, 1910, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Henri Matisse, Dance, 1910, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

4. Andy Warhol

The pop-art like paintings of horseshoes above BoJack’s bed clearly refers to Andy Warhol. Warhol loved repetitions and he often repeated one image and change its colors.keith It’s worth noting that Warhol himself loved and satirized celebrity culture, Hollywood, glamour, and all that jazz. And pop culture of course.

Art in BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 03

BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 03

 Art in BoJack HorsemanAndy Warhol, The Shot Marilyns, 1964, private collection

Andy Warhol, The Shot Marilyns, 1964, private collection

 5. Mark Rothko

One of the pioneers of Color Field Painting, Rothko’s abstract arrangements of shapes, ranging from the slightly surreal biomorphic ones in his early works, to the dark squares and rectangles in later years, are intended to evoke the metaphysical through viewers’ communion with the canvas in a controlled setting. In this episode Princess Caroline, BoJack’s agent, is trying to convince actor Wallace Shawn to play the role of BoJack Horseman in a movie called “Mr. Peanutbutter’s Hollywoo Heist”. The dialogue goes like this:

Princess Carolyn: I’m trying to help you out, Wally. You’re the one who keeps buying expensive Rothkos.

Wallace Shawn: I have a disease. Would you tell an alcoholic to stop buying alcohol?

Princess Carolyn: You know, Black and Blue Number 7’s going up for auction next week.

Wallace Shawn: Fine. I’ll do the dumb movie.

Rothko’s paintings often set auction records –  for example his No. 10 fetched $82.9 million at Christie’s in New York.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanThe wall full of Rothko's, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 09

The wall full of Rothko’s, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 10

Art in BoJack Horseman Mark Rothko, Orange and Yellow, 1956, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US

Mark Rothko, Orange and Yellow, 1956, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US

6. Keith Haring

Keith Haring was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Haring’s work grew to iconic popularity from his exuberant spontaneous drawings in New York City subways – chalk outlines on blank black advertising-space backgrounds – depicting radiant babies, flying saucers, and deified dogs. After public recognition, he created larger scale works such as colorful murals, many of them commissioned. His imagery has become a widelyhock recognized visual language. His later work often addressed political and societal themes – especially homosexuality and AIDS – through his own unique iconography. Keith Haring’s paintings are displayed on BoJack’s apartment wall, when BoJack finds out his best friend Herb Kazzaz is gay.

Art in BoJack Horseman Keith Haring's works s01e08

Keith Haring’s works s01e08

Art in BoJack Horseman Keith Haring, American Music Festival - New York City Ballet, 1988, private collection

Keith Haring, American Music Festival – New York City Ballet, 1988, private collection

7. Paul Cezanne

We don’t have to introduce Paul Cezanne and his still lives. BoJack’s frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter owns “his” masterpiece of famous apples with some add-ons typical for what dogs love the most – a newspaper and slippers.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanCezanne's works s01e10

Cezanne’s work at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

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Paul Cezanne, Still Life with a Curtain, 1895, Hermitage Museum

8. Franz Marc

Franz Marc loved painting horses. He is most famous for his images of brightly colored animals, which he used to convey profound messages about humanity, the natural world, and the fate of mankind. In association with the Russian painter and theorist Wassily Kandinsky, Marc founded the group Der Blaue Reiter which emphasized the use of abstracted forms and bold colors which they saw as symbolic tools  to overcome what they saw as the toxic state of the modern world. As World War I approached, the tension of Marc’s paintings came into especially sharp focus, as if he had anticipated both his own fate and that of Europe as a whole.

Art in BoJack Horseman Franz Marc at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

Franz Marc at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

Art in BoJack Horseman Franz Marc, Blue Horse I, 1911, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Franz Marc, Blue Horse I, 1911, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

9. Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art movements had coalesced. Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies”, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as an attack on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.

You can see the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat in BoJack’s friend Herb Kazzaz’s office. Haring (see no. 6) and Basquiat were one of the most prominent artist in the 80s. But they also were close friends, like BoJack and Herb.

Art in BoJack Horseman Basquiat at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

Basquiat at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

 Art in BoJack HorsemanJean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

10. Claude Monet, Water Lilies

Water Lilies is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by the French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanMonet at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

Basquiat at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 01

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Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

12.  Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, Dogs Playing Poker

Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge  refers simultaneosuly to an 1894 painting, a 1903 series of sixteen oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and a 1910 painting. All the eighteen paintings in the overall series feature anthropomorphized dogs, but the eleven in which dogs are seated around a card table have become well known in the United States as examples of kitsch art in home decoration. Here, the poker has been replaced by the less “hardcore” game- connect four.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanCassius Marcellus Coolidge at BoJack's Horseman season 02 episode 09

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge at BoJack’s Horseman season 02 episode 09

Art in BoJack Horseman Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, Dogs Playing Poker, 1894, private collection

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, Dogs Playing Poker, 1894, private collection

13. Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware

That’s a perfect painting for the Oval Office. Leutze’s depiction of Washington’s attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776, was a great success. What’s interesting, the original was part of the collection at the Kunsthalle in Bremen, Germany, and was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1942, during the World War II. Leutze painted two more versions, one of which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The other was in the West Wing reception area of the White House in Washington, D.C.; but since March 2015, it has been on display at The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota.

Art in BoJack Horseman Season 02 episode 09 of BoJack Horseman & Emanuel Leutze.

Season 02 episode 09 of BoJack Horseman & Emanuel Leutze.

Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851, Metropolitan Museum of Art

14. Edouard Manet, Olympia

Olympia shows a nude woman lying on a bed and being brought flowers by a servant. Olympia was modelled on Victorine Meurent and Olympia’s servant on the art model Laure. Her confrontational gaze caused shock and astonishment when the painting was first exhibited, especially because a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute. Also, take a look at the cat in the right corner – in the show it’s anthropomorphised.

Art in BoJack Horseman Season 02 episode 10 of BoJack Horseman & Edouard Manet

Season 02 episode 10 of BoJack Horseman & Edouard Manet

Art in BoJack Horseman Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1856, Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1856, Musee d’Orsay, Paris

15. Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living is an artwork created in 1991 by Damien Hirst, an English artist and a leading member of the “Young British Artists” (or YBA). It consists of a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde in a vitrine. It was originally commissioned in 1991 by Charles Saatchi, who sold it in 2004 to Steven A. Cohen for an undisclosed amount, widely reported to have been $8 million. It is considered the iconic work of British art of the 1990s, and has become a symbol of Britart worldwide. Because the shark was initially preserved poorly, it began to deteriorate and the surrounding liquid grew murky. It was replaced by a new shark, but the second one didn’t have boxer shorts either.

Art in BoJack Horseman

Season 03 episode 02 of BoJack Horseman: Damien Hirst’s Shark

 Art in BoJack HorsemanDamien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2010 Photograph: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991, © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2010 Photograph: Prudence Cuming Associates

16. Pablo Picasso, Figure at the Seaside

A series of bizarre erotic beach scenes was painted in the summer of 1931 at Picasso’s French Riviera vacation resort, Juan-les-Pins. Said to be inspired by the 50-year-old painter’s liaison with 19-year-old model, Marie-Therese Walter, the grotesque nature of the depicted forms reduces this moment of intimate contact to a level of crudity, probably more representative of his deteriorating relationship with his wife, Olga. Perfect for the hotel in Pacific Ocean City.

Art in BoJack Horseman Picasso at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 04

Picasso at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 04

Art in BoJack Horseman 16. Pablo Picasso, Figure at the Seaside, 1931, private collection

16. Pablo Picasso, Figure at the Seaside, 1931, private collection

17. George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s

George Bellows (1882–1925) was regarded as one of America’s greatest artists when he died, at the age of forty-two, from a ruptured appendix. Bellows’s early fame rested on his powerful depictions of boxing matches and gritty scenes of New York City’s tenement life, but he also painted cityscapes, seascapes, war scenes, and portraits, and made illustrations and lithographs that addressed many of the social, political, and cultural issues of the day. Here, we don’t see New York Boxers but Ahab and Moby Dick.

Art in BoJack Horseman George Bellows at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 04

George Bellows at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 04

 Art in BoJack HorsemanGeorge Bellows, Stag at Sharkey's, 1909, Cleveland Museum of Art

George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909, Cleveland Museum of Art

18. The Ancient Mosaic

The roman style mosaic in BoJack’s bathroom is typical of ones that archeologists find in the home of aristocrats.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanThe Roman mosaic at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

The Roman mosaic at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

Art in BoJack Horseman A Roman mosaic from Piraeus depicting Medusa, using opus tessellatum, 2nd century AD, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

A Roman mosaic from Piraeus depicting Medusa, using opus tessellatum, 2nd century AD, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

19. Diego Rivera, Man Loading Donkey with Firewood

Painted in 1938, this image of a farmer and his donkey is an example of Rivera’s many portrayals of rural Mexican life. Without seeing his face, we are free to impose any identity on the hat-wearing farmer – he could by any of the myriad agricultural workers scattered throughout the nation. The twist of fate: Rivera belonged to the Mexican Communist party and was obviously against Capitalism but now his works are being sold for high selling prices. And his work hangs of one of the superexpensive restaurant in Hollywoo

Art in BoJack Horseman Diego Rivera at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

Diego Rivera at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

Art in BoJack Horseman Diego Rivera, Man Loading Donkey with Firewood, 1938, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Diego Rivera, Man Loading Donkey with Firewood, 1938, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

20. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss

The painting in which the humans  are replaced with snakes hangs in the apartment of a famous actor Alexi Brosefino, is an obvious reference to Klimt’s art nouveau masterpiece. Klimt also painted another painting entitled Serpents, which presents beautiful, naked women. The painting shows up in the episode, where Diane tries to regain the intimacy with her husband – the same of which The Kiss is the symbol.

Art in BoJack Horseman The Kiss at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

The Kiss at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 05

Art in BoJack Horseman Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907–1908, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907–1908, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

21. John Everett Millais, Ophelia

Ophelia is one of the most popular Pre-Raphaelite works one of the best-known illustrations from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”.  The paintings put above Sarah Lynn’s bed shows her literary alter ego – Ophelia and her tragic death.

But no more spoilers – if you’ve seen the episode you know why it’s there!

Season 03 episode 11 of BoJack Horseman: Ophelia.

Season 03 episode 11 of BoJack Horseman: Ophelia.

Art in BoJack Horseman John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851–1852, Tate Gallery, London

John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851–1852, Tate Gallery, London

22. Marc Chagall, The Birthday

On the painting, we can see Chagall and his wife Bella both floating in the air and kissing. In the episode, Sarah Lynn, claims that the painting is made of LSD, and I think many regrets now it’s not.

 Art in BoJack HorsemanChagall at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 11

Chagall at BoJack Horseman, season 03 episode 11

Art in BoJack Horseman Marc Chagall, The Birthday, 1915

Marc Chagall, The Birthday, 1915; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

23. Madame X

Madame X is the painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. The portrait was painted not as a commission, but at the request of Sargent. Sargent shows a woman posing in a black satin dress with jeweled straps, a dress that reveals and veils at the same time. Madame X is a symbol of the New York upper-class and it’s one of the most known society portraits of it’s times.  In this episode we find out that Ralph’s upper-class family is quite snobbish and mean. Works perfectly with the mousey version of Sargent’s portrait on the family mansion’s wall!

Art in BoJack Horseman Madame X on BoJack Horseman, season 04 episode 08

Madame X on BoJack Horseman, season 04 episode 08

Art in BoJack Horseman John Singer Sargent, Madame X, 1884-1885, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan

John Singer Sargent, Madame X, 1884-1885, Metropolitan Museum of Art

24. Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe explored the landscape of the United States. Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1, depicts one of O’Keeffe’s favorite subjects: a magnified flower. To her, the delicate blooms stood as some of the most overlooked pieces of naturally occurring beauty.”When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” In this episode Princess Caroline is visiting her gynecologist. The O’Keeffe on the wall is a reference to the widely accepted assumptions that her famous flowers paintings are depictions of female genitalia.

Art in BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman season 04 episode 09 and Georgia O'Keeffe

BoJack Horseman season 04 episode 09 and Georgia O’Keeffe

Art in BoJack Horseman Georgia O'Keeffe's, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, private collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas, USA

25. Edgar Degas

There’s a parody of a Degas painting in there. In this heartbreaking dementia episode, when we are seeing the memories of BoJack’s mother Beatrice, we are in the bar at the cotillion, at her debutante ball. Degas is especially associated with the subject of dance, and over half his works depict dancers. In many subsequent paintings dancers were shown backstage or at rehearsals, emphasizing their status as professionals having a real job. From 1870, Degas increasingly painted ballet subjects, partly because they sold well and provided him with the needed income after his brother’s debts had left the family bankrupt.

Art in BoJack Horseman Degas at BoJack Horseman, season 04 episode 11

Degas at BoJack Horseman, season 04 episode 11

Art in BoJack Horseman Dancers in a Studio by Edgar Degas, c.1884, private collection

Dancers in a Studio by Edgar Degas, c.1884, private collection

We wonder what other quirky art references will happen in the next season of BoJack Horseman. I expect something spectacular like Salvator Mundi and all the possible jokes about Leonardo di Caprio / da Vinci – but we will see what art in BoJack Horseman will occur in the fifth season this year!

26. George Rodrigue, Blue Dog

Spotted! One of our readers, Jacek Oleander noted that in the episode nine of the second season on the wall near Cassius Marcellus Coolidge we can see Blue Dog by George Rodrigue. The artist’s career really took off when he started to paint those dogs. By the early 1990s, they became his only subject. He painted Blue Dogs with presidents, with naked women, on the lawn with his Aioli dining club party, inside a soup can, in ads for Absolut Vodka and next to Marilyn Monroe. Or with a big red cajun.

As the artist said to The New York Times in the interview: “The yellow eyes are really the soul of the dog. He has this piercing stare. People say the dog keeps talking to them with the eyes, always saying something different. People who have seen a Blue Dog painting always remember it. They are really about life, about mankind searching for answers. The dog never changes position. He just stares at you. And you’re looking at him, looking for some answers, ‘Why are we here?,’ and he’s just looking back at you, wondering the same. The dog doesn’t know. You can see this longing in his eyes, this longing for love, answers.”

So, the Dog symbolises everything important in life. The one in BoJack Horseman wearing red pants apparently too.

Blue Dog by George Rodrigue on the wall at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 09.

Blue Dog by George Rodrigue on the wall at BoJack Horseman, season 02 episode 09.

 I Have a Colorful Life, 2013 by George Rodrigue, 30x40 inches, acrylic on canvas

I Have a Colorful Life, George Rodrigue, 2013, private collection

27. Heather Jansch

Heather Jansch is a British sculptor notable for making life-sized sculptures of horses from driftwood. She has also used cork as a material in her creations. We can see “her” work in the season 02 episode 09 in the famous shooting scene where the Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale is showing her real character in the art gallery. Of course, in the Hollywoo world, the horse stands on two legs.  [Isaac, thank you for spotting!]

Heather Jansch's Horse in the season 02 episode 09 of BoJack Horseman

Heather Jansch’s Horse in the season 02 episode 09 of BoJack Horseman

Driftwood horse at the Eden Project, Cornwall by Heather Jansch

Driftwood horse at the Eden Project, Cornwall by Heather Jansch

28. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

The absolute classic, The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli in the BoJack’s world is a fresco on the wall of BoJack’s restaurant, Elefante. As the name of the place suggests, originally Simonetta Vespucci has been replaced by the elephant version of the famous Renaissance muse. [

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, on Elefante's wall, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 07 bojack horseman art

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, on the Elefante’s wall, BoJack Horseman, season 01 episode 07

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1484–1486, Uffizi Gallery bojack horseman art

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1484–1486, Uffizi Gallery

*** 5th SEASON UPDATE ***

If you haven’t seen the 5th season of BoJack yet, watch out, there will be spoilers! But as we have already seen it, we have found in it some interesting art references (and we are the first in the world with them!)

31. Tiffany’s lamp

Art in BoJack Horseman

A Tiffany’s lamp in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 01

Tiffany Studios, A leaded glass, bronze and mosaic ‘Lotus’ lamp, circa 1900-10, source: Sothebys.com Art in BoJack Horseman

Tiffany Studios, A leaded glass, bronze and mosaic ‘Lotus’ lamp, circa 1900-10, source: Sothebys.com

A Tiffany lamp is a type of lamp with a glass shade made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design studio. The most famous one was the stained leaded glass lamp. Tiffany lamps are considered part of the Art Nouveau movement and they are an absolute classic. Tiffany’s major source of inspiration was nature in all its guises, and his love of flowers is superbly reflected in his lamp designs. One of such lamps stands on the desk in Todd’s office. Perfect for every executive who respects tradition. And as it is What Time Is It Right Now.com office – it has a clock.

31. Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge

Claude Monet's The Japanese Footbridge poster in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 02 Art in BoJack Horseman

Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge poster in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 02

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Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge, 1892, private collection

The print with The Japanese Footbridge by the Impressionist master Claude Monet hangs in the new cheap apartament of Diane. It’s something that can hang in any dorm of any art student. Shame that it usually falls off the wall whenever someone closes the door of the apartament.

The Japanese Footbridge was painted in Monet’s dream estate in Giverny. It is an awful comparison to Diane’s new home whose awful condition mirrors Diane’s broken life after the divorce. Monet painted dozens versions of this footbridge since it was one of his favorite subjects in his last years.

32. Georgia O’Keefe, Calla Lily Turned Away

Georgia O'Keefe's Calla Lily Turned Away in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 03 Art in BoJack Horseman

Georgia O’Keefe’s Calla Lily Turned Away in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 03

Georgia O'Keefe, Calla Lily Turned Away, 1923, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Art in BoJack Horseman

Georgia O’Keefe, Calla Lily Turned Away, 1923, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Another Georgia O’Keefe’s-like flower is hanging on the wall of the family house of Yolanda Buenaventura’s, Todd’s asexual girlfriend. This more than friendly family is obsessed with sex (what can be clearly visible in episode three), and O’Keeffe’s flower (as in the episode 9 of season 4) is again used here as a veiled representation of female genitalia. Actually, Yolanda’s parents’ house is full of not only erotic gadgets but also art.

33. Antonio Canova, Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix

Antonio Canova, Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 03 Art in BoJack Horseman

Antonio Canova, Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix and Upper Paleolithic Venus, BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 03

Antonio Canova, Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix, 1805-1808, Galleria Borghese, Rome Art in BoJack Horseman

Antonio Canova, Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix, 1805-1808, Galleria Borghese, Rome

Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix (or Venus Victorious) is a semi-nude life-size reclining neo-Classical portrait sculpture by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. Reviving the ancient Roman artistic traditions of portrayals of mortal individuals in the guise of the gods, he was commissioned by Pauline Bonaparte’s husband Camillo Borghese to execute this beautiful female form reclining on a couch in Rome from 1805 to 1808, after the subject’s marriage into the Borghese family. Canova was first instructed to depict Pauline Bonaparte fully clothed as the chaste goddess Diana, but Pauline insisted on Venus. She had a reputation for promiscuity, and may have enjoyed the controversy of posing naked. The small figurine looking like this sculpture is placed on the bookstand in Yolanda’s parents’ house.

34. Upper Paleolithic Venus

Venus of Willendorf, c. 28,000 BCE – 25,000 BCE, Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna Art in BoJack Horseman

Venus of Willendorf, c. 28,000 BCE – 25,000 BCE, Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna

Another interesting artefact on this bookstand is one of the Upper Paleolithic Venus figurines. Created between 35,000–21,000 BCE, most of them have small heads, wide hips, and legs that taper to a point. Various figurines have exaggerated abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, or vulva (or all of them). Their meaning remains unknown, they have been seen as religious figures, as erotic art or sex aids, or as self-depictions by female artists. The most famous one is Venus of Willendorf. In the case of Buenaventuras house you know what it represents.

35. Pablo Picasso, Dora Maar

Pablo Picasso's Dora Maar in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 08 Art in BoJack Horseman

Pablo Picasso’s Dora Maar and Alex Katz’s The Green Cap in BoJack Horseman, season 05 episode 08

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm. Musée National Picasso, Paris Art in BoJack Horseman

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm. Musée National Picasso, Paris

In the Halloween episode of the series we see two historic decors of BoJack’s mansion. The one from 1993 has Keith Haring’s works on the wall, which we have already discussed in this article. The decor from 2004 includes Pablo Picasso’s-like female horse portrait, reminding one of his Dora Maar’s portraits. In the original, Dora is majestically seated in an armchair, smiling and resting her head on a long-fingered hand. Her face is shown in a combined frontal and profile view. For many people, these deformations are the very hallmark of Picasso’s art. This is the absolute proof that BoJack always had a good eye for art – or at least to some deformed portraits of mares – oh, maybe that’s a pun? Dora Maar – Dora Mare?

36. Alex Katz, The Green Cap

Alex Katz, The Green Cap, 1985, private collection Art in BoJack Horseman

Alex Katz, The Green Cap, 1985, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Next to Picasso’s portrait there is Alex Katz’s The Green Cap. Alex Katz is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. His art is a dialogue between realism and more abstract tendencies in modernism with a conrtibution from both Pop Art and Contemporary Art, as you can see yourself here. And again we have a pun here. The painting on BoJack’s wall presents a cat in the green cap. And you know, katze, means a cat in German. Mind blowing, isn’t it?

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