Pop Surrealism and Art History

pop surrealism painting by Hillary White

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Bird by Hillary White

Hillary White is a prolific illustrator and pop surrealism artist who uses our modern, cartoony, irreverent culture as the subject of her work. For her Pop Reinterpretations series, White “collaborates” with classical artists (posthumously). After my last post about Blind Passengers, I thought I’d revisit art history through the lens of pop culture. Who wants to come along for the ride? I promise there will be Muppets, Gremlins and TMNT!

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt

I like Sesame Street’s The Count AND I like the surrealist skies of Rene Magritte. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a mashup of the two?

pop surrealism painting by Hillary White

The Mysteries Of Arithmomania by Hillary White

BAM. There it is.

Rene Magritte's The Mysteries Of The Horizon

The Mysteries Of The Horizon by Rene Magritte

Van Gogh…so dramatic with the whole ear-cutting thing. If only there was a way to make his work a wee bit more approachable…

pop surrealism painting by Hillary White

The Pizza Eaters by Hillary White

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Check. Pizza? Check.

Vincent Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters

The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh

Do White’s Reinterprations change (or eschew entirely) the original artist’s intent? Definitely. Do people get inspired and go Google the original art after viewing White’s mashups? Probably not. But I did. Click through for a batch of my favorite Pop Reinterprations followed by their source material. Try to see if you can recognize the original before scrolling.

Prints of Hillary White’s paintings are available for purchase starting at $14 here.

pop surrealism painting by Hillary White

Nightmare at Café Terrace by Hillary White

Vincent Van Gogh's Café Terrace at Night

Café Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Internet Memes in a Landscape by Hillary White

Internet Memes in a Landscape by Hillary White

Chaste Women in a Landscape by Gherardo di Giovanni del Fora

Chaste Women in a Landscape by Gherardo di Giovanni del Fora

Beaker Slaying Honeydew by Hillary White

Beaker Slaying Honeydew by Hillary White

Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes

 Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

Yip Yipflow by Hillary White

Yip Yipflow by Hillary White

Overflow by Andrew Wyeth

Overflow by Andrew Wyeth

Ye Olde Jawrotica by Hillary White

Ye Olde Jawrotica by Hillary White

The Satyr Mason by Carracci

The Satyr Mason by Carracci

The Reaper of Keldor by Hillary White

The Reaper of Keldor by Hillary White

William Bouguereau's The Reaper

 The Reaper by William Bouguereau

Gremlin of the Adoption by Hillary White

Gremlin of the Adoption by Hillary White

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres' Virgin of the Adoption

Virgin of the Adoption by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Made it to the end? Learned your art history? Here’s a bonus mashup of The Wizard of Oz and Donnie Darko. Nice…

We're Off to See the Wormhole by Hillary White

We’re Off to See the Wormhole by Hillary White