15 Famous Art-Influenced Album Covers

Is it odd when an ’80s New Wave band recreates an 1860s pre-Impressionist painting? Nah. Here you will find album covers that pay homage/allude to/imitate/rip-off famous works of art and iconic photographs, from almost near replicas to stealthy appropriations of the work’s key elements to tributes to specific artists’ very definitive styles. From the White Stripes’ very De Stijl De Stijl to Joni Mitchell in Van Gogh drag to Rembrandt à la Rammstein, see fifteen of our picks here. We’re sure there are many, many more. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments!

Bow Wow Wow’s The Last of the Mohicans (1982) album cover, a salacious take on Edouard Manet’s salacious Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863). Since Annabella Lwin was a minor, the album cover is even more scandalous than the controversial original.