Wednesday, May 27, 2009

La Belle Dame Sans Originality

Yesterday at the library, a book came past my desk with a cover that made me chuckle. It was an old edition, but I finally found an image of the cover online.

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As you can probably already tell, this cover is a total rip-off of Dicksee's La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Flip the image, put the guy in an anachronystic white poet shirt, and the girl in a 1970s Gunne Sax dress. Voila!

It amused me, and I thought it might amuse you.


Lee Ann said...

How funny - too bad the artist didn't know the difference between working within a "theme" and ..... what do you call the visual equivalent of plagarism?

Stephanie Pina said...

I am excessively diverted.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I love your title!!!! There are some things that should be left alone and that is great art! The original is one of my favorites. Anita

Grace said...

Lee Ann, I totally agree. It's one thing for an artist to explore the composition of another artist, but use their own, entirely different style. But for an artist to just paint a mediocre copy like this? ha!

I'm glad you all are amused :D