Mona Lisa Simulacra: Art Parodying

Satirical Art Series Bringing Humour to Some of History’s most Iconic Paintings

Combining her love for art history and animation, Polish artist Dixie Leota has created a humorous series of illustration, poking fun at some of the most famous paintings on earth. The series includes Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which features a petulant looking woman with a thumb in her mouth, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, who is inarguably, definitely not smiling.
‘This project is kind of a hybrid of my two passions. I pick some of the most famous paintings, because I want everyone to get my jokes.’

The images are first sketched by pencil, and then colour is added on Photoshop CS6. The series, Art Parody II is a follow on from her first Art Parody project, which features paintings such as Klimt’s The Kiss –now forced and awkward, and Caravaggio’s Judith beheading Holoferne- using a lightsaber!

We found out more about Dixie’s ironic take on history:

The Plus: Is there a piece of historic artwork that you would never want to parody for any reason?
Dixie Leota:
The Reluctant by Bride by Auguste Toulmouche. The face of the bride explains it all.
TP: Are you inspired by those famous painters of history?
When it comes to APP, my main inspirations are of course famous, historical painters. I also love to see some modern illustrator’s portfolios on the internet. Seeing other people’s work has always been inspiring for me and makes me want to be a better artist.

TP: Which is your favourite piece from the series?
All of my work are like my children. I am not able to assess them in any way. I had a lot of fun making all of them, so I guess they are all my favourites.