Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Barbie Gets Artsy

Photo from BarbieCollector.com

It seems that Barbie, the iconic doll with the almond eyes and the hourglass figure is not just into dune buggies, horseback-riding and fashion. She is now an art lover. Mattel recently released three new dolls inspired by the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci and Gustav Klimt — The Museum Collection.

The new series of dolls takes its inspiration from the famous museums around the world, highlighting their most iconic pieces of art. The Da Vinci Barbie, whose muse lives at the Louvre, is dressed in Renaissance-era garb, puffy sleeves, corseted bodice and a flowing velvet and brocade gown. The raven haired beauty even has a hint of that Mona Lisa smile.

Klimt Barbie stands in the same pose as the famous Gustav Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, which resides at New York's Neue Galerie. She possesses the same slight head cock, curly dark hair and clasped hands. Her gold gown with a post-modern geometric print is adorned by a jewel-encrusted choker and silver and gold cuff bracelets.

Van Gough Barbie is a modern twist on the classic painting housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her flirty strapless cocktail dress is reminiscent of the bold colors and impressionist strokes in the artist's world-renowned Starry Night. Even her golden tresses seem to mimic the shape of the swirling skies in the Dutchman's masterpiece.

The dolls go for $34.95 a piece, not a bad price to have your own little piece of art history.

Photo from BarbieCollector.com

For related stories check out:
There's a Point to This Art
Tim Burton from Burbank to LACMA

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