Portraits of Famous Philosophers Painted in the Style of Famous Artists

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The Internet is loaded with mashup art, but we rarely see anyone joining pop culture, art, and philosophy the way Renée Jorgensen Bolinger does. The philosophy graduate student at the University of Southern California created a series of portraits, using philosophers like Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, and Philippa Foot as her subjects. She paints them in the style of like-minded artists — equally famous figures such as Mondrian, Picasso, and Toulouse-Lautrec. See more of Bolinger’s clever series past the break, and visit her shop to purchase prints.

Image credit: Renée Jorgensen Bolinger

“The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self… ” Soren Kierkegaard in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

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Logical Space Ludwig Wittgenstein paired with Piet Mondrian, for their similar beliefs about the logic of space.

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The Virtues of Study Philippa Foot paired with Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Action Philosophy G.E.M. Anscombe paired with Jackson Pollock, an American action painter.

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Evening Star Gottlob Frege paired with Van Gogh’s Starry Night, for obvious Hesperus/Phosphorus reasons.

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Propositional Structures Bertrand Russell rendered in an Art Deco style.

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Logic and Computability Kurt Gödel rendered in the Art Nouveau style, for its emphasis on recursion of forms.

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Kant with a Book Immanuel Kant paired with Pablo Picasso, since both were fixated on the nature of perception of the external world.

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Formulaic Ruth Barcan Marcus in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

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Desert Landscapes W.V.O. Quine paired with Salvador Dalí, based on a shared preference for desert landscapes.