Art history is painted with shades of prohibition—works banned, artists silenced, and masterpieces under attack. From centuries past to the cutting...
Celia Leiva Otto 25 January 2024
min Read26 October 2023
It is the time of the year to get spooky. Do you have your Halloween costume ready? The following examples used their creativity to recreate famous artworks—you might get inspired by some of them!
It is never too early to introduce a child to art. And what better way than to have fun with it through a Halloween costume? These little ones did an excellent job at portraying Vincent van Gogh, one of the most beloved artists in the world, and his masterpiece.
This person showed true commitment with her Halloween costume. TikTok user @idigcrystals recreated Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s installation Can’t Help Myself (2016-2019). The piece was exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale. It consisted of a machine that scraped up the red liquid on the floor. As time went by, it got slower until total exhaustion. And because it is not just a matter of dressing up, but also of performing, she imitated Su and Peng’s work.
This person chose to recreate St. Sebastian. This saint is already highly recognizable due to multiple paintings that portray him dying. This man has both the costume and the attitude.
Ariel Adkins (@artfullyawear) posted her costume on Instagram of Henri Matisse’s Woman with a Hat from 1905. The make-up is absolutely stunning and shows great commitment from her.
The enigmatic paintings of René Magritte are a fun inspiration for Halloween costumes. This Reddit user celebrated the fact that many people understood his costume. A suit, a hat, and an apple were enough to recreate Son of a Man from 1964.
Grant Wood’s American Gothic is creepy enough for Halloween. Not for nothing, it is a popular costume for art lovers and couples!
This is a true horror story, perfect for Halloween. In 2012, the failed restoration of the fresco Ecce Homo located in a church in Borja, Spain went viral. The original painting was made in 1930 by a local artist Elías García Martínez. Cecilia Giménez, an amateur painter, had no malicious intentions but she still ruined the fresco. There was worldwide indignation for it and became the source of mockery, changing its name to Ecce Mono (monkey). Not surprisingly, people took it as inspiration for their Halloween outfits.
By no means is this an exhaustive list. Every year, people post their wonderful costumes inspired by art history.
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