Plastic Fantastic: Barbie Goes Classic


Recreating famous masterpieces of art are a becoming a trend nowadays. In this feature, Barbie is incorporated into history’s most iconic works. Take a look at our plastic-fantastic muse’s versatility after the stop.

Barbie has always been a part of every little girl’s childhood: her blackhole of a wardrobe, her countless hairdos and pairs of shoes, and her incredible proportions. She’s like the LEGO and G.I. Joe’s to every little boy’s childhood. But even though we’re already way past that era, Barbie is still considered to be one of the most beloved toys to date.

A French artist, Jocelyne Grivaud, has her own marvelous way to incorporate the old school look of Barbie into classical works of art. As a fan of Barbie when she was a lass, Jocelyne’s aim was to adjust Barbie’s profile (too blonde, too skinny, and too superficial) to ‘different emblematic representations.’ She recreated wonderful works of art such as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn pop art, Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Leonardo da Vinci’s Monalisa, Man Ray's Le Violon d’Ingres, Pablo Picasso’s Dora Maar, and many more!

Let’s take a look at these plastic-fantastic Barbie reimagined works of art:

Photos via Barbie Ma Muse

Art is always evolving. Modern artists are coming up with delightful ways to commemorate and revive classic works of art. Vintage photographs are turned into collectible cards, Lego pieces are incorporated into classic album covers, black and white photographs are colorized, and so on. If you could recreate a classic work of art, what would it be and how would you do it? Your insights are always welcome below!

Images and information in this article were derived from Barbie Ma Muse and Flavor Wire.

written by basterda on 2012-01-30 #art #lifestyle #classic #toys #barbie #recreations


  1. iidiko
    iidiko ·

    this reminds me of my first pictures :D…

  2. 134340
    134340 ·

    great collection!

  3. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    HAHA My Kids have just done a Barbie Kino film which I shall be posting shortly!

  4. basterda
    basterda ·

    @iidiko Nice! I like taking pictures of Barbie, too. Uhm, barenaked Barbies. :D // @kylewis Whoa, really? Pretty please post your LomoKino video's link here! :)

  5. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·


  6. ibiza_hippie
    ibiza_hippie ·

    So cool!

  7. buffalo
    buffalo ·

    um the nude ones with barbie's impossibly thin waist juxtaposed with normal, healthy sized naked bodies... those to me really just emphasized the 'too skinny' aspect of barbie. interesting idea but made me really realize the unrealistic body image barbie has always promoted.

  8. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    There is a naked "Connie" character that you dress for Doom 3, and all you Germans, try to find Lili dolls from the late 1940's. She's the prototype of Barbi and rather plumper. Enjoy.

  9. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    I have to say that the humans win this one. Still, I appreciate the iconic character of Barbie and enjoyed seeing the representations of her. But Barbie as the Statue of Liberty? Hideous!

  10. iamdnierod
    iamdnierod ·

    this is so amazing! reminds me of my childhood

  11. maximum_b
    maximum_b ·


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