Fine Art Barbies Dress Up Like Famous Paintings

Barbie is one girl that’s really done it all – she’s had every job in the book and then some. She’s even been Lady Gaga. But can she pull off being a painting? Fine Art Barbies, a new line from Mattel that was recently unveiled at this year’s Toy Fair, has translated three of the most iconic paintings of all time into, well, Barbies. We don’t know about you, but we don’t really think the famous Mona Lisa smile translates very well into plastic, though we can’t say we don’t dig the hair on the Klimt. Works of art or tasteless mockeries of the real thing? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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  2. [...] Say it isn’t so. Mattel has created a new line of Barbies. Fine Art Barbies. Hear that rumbling? That’s Benjamin rolling in his grave. Artists once created works that were meant to be hidden to almost all, within caves and cathedrals (Benjamin, 225). Clearly the sanctimony of art is… no longer as important as making a profit. The argument of education, I suppose, could be forced in – that a little girl is exposed to the great artists at an impressionable age, encouraging an early interest in Fine Art. But they’re BARBIES for goodness sake. The aura of these paintings has been entirely lost, smothered in glitter and plastic. To see other Barbies (including Van Gogh’s Starry Night – I can’t even fathom the irony) click here. [...]


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