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Santa Invades Classic Works Of Art In Ed Wheeler’s Photographs

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The Birth of Venus, Inspired by: Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus – 1486

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The Dream, Inspired by: Henri Rousseau, The Dream – 1910

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Golconda, Inspired by: René Magritte, Golconda – 1953

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Death of General Wolfe, Inspired by: Benjamin West, Death of General Wolfe – 1770

Ed Wheeler, a photographer, superimposes himself on famous paintings while dressed in a Santa costume.These hysterical renditions are inspired by Ed’s long time traditions of dressing as Santa for holiday cards he created for fun. For years, Wheeler would send out photographs of himself as Santa doing strange and comical things to clients around the holiday.

Inspiration stuck with him, and, according to Wheeler’s website, in 2011 Wheeler stood in front of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was then that it occurred to him: Santa needed to invade canonical works of art!

That is just what he did.

As you can see in these photos, Santa (Wheeler) has made appearances in many famous paintings. He appeared in his long underwear as Venus de Milo in Botticelli’s most iconic painting, and has also posed as a pensive, and a very spirited Santa, over Claude Monet’s Water Lillies. Through Wheeler, Santa has ridden Napoleon’s horse, sipped a cup of coffee in a 1940s diner, played poker with dogs, and floated in a flock of businessmen into the stratosphere in these humorous interpretations of some of art’s most iconic works.

These have become a hit; the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now selling Wheeler’s Santa Classics in their official gift shop for $12.95 a set. You can get them here.

(Via Fast CoDesign)

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Napoleon Crossing the Alps, Inspired by:Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps – 1800

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Nighthawks, Inspired by: Edward Hopper, Nighthawks – 1942

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The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Inspired by: Claude Monet
The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny – 1899

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Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe, Inspired by: Édouard Manet, Le déjeuner sur l’herbe – 1862-63

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Watson and the Shark, Inspired by: John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark – 1778

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Heavy Snow and Visitors to the Shiba Jingu Palace, Inspired by: Ichiryusai Hiroshige, Heavy Snow and Visitors to the Shiba Jingu Palace – 1858

 

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