When Art Imitates Art: Portraits of Literary Characters by Famous Artists
From Picasso's Don Quixote to Lichtenstein's Tintin
Recently, I stumbled on a portrait of a character I’ve loved from childhood (Tintin) created by an artist I admire (Roy Lichtenstein) that I had never seen before. Because it is my job to make lists of things for the internet, I then wondered what other visual artists, contemporary or otherwise, had taken famous literary characters as their subjects. I went hunting; below is some of what I found. Note that of course there are many, many paintings of Shakespeare characters, so I’ve chosen just a few representative pieces here. I’m still on the lookout, so if you know of any good ones that I’ve missed, do us all a public service and drop a link into the comments.
artCervantesHans Christian AndersenHergéPablo PicassoRoy LichtensteinSalvador DalíSir John Everett MillaisWilliam ShakespeareYayoi Kusama