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These 9 Movie Scenes Referenced Famous Paintings


Have you ever watched a movie and thought “that is a work of art, this frame looks like it could be a painting”? Well, it turns out that sometimes that is exactly the case. Some directors like to pay homage to beautiful paintings and they try to recreate the painting in a movie. Here are some of the scenes that you might’ve seen and marveled at their beauty but never knew they were actually inspired by a painting.

1. Django Unchained vs The Blue Boy

Did you think that blue outfit was just made up by Tarantino? It was definitely inspired by the 1770 painting by Thomas Gainsborough.

2. Melancholia vs Ophelia

This is actually incredible, don’t you think? Lars von Trier is an absolute genius and this reference to Ophelia, the John Everett Millais painting is so well done. It’s not a copy, it looks different, yet you can clearly see the influence.

3. Inherent Vice vs The Last Supper

We’re pretty sure Paul Thomas Anderson thought it would be hilarious to recreate The Last Supper but with pizza.

4. Forrest Gump vs Christina’s World

This scene in Forrest Gump looks like it could be Andrew Wyeth’s painting but from a different perspective. Don’t you think?


5. Girl with a Pearl Earring vs Girl with a Pearl Earring

This one’s more than obvious. The whole point was to recreate the famous Johannes Vermeer painting called the Girl With A Pearl Earring and it looks like Peter Webber chose the perfect actress for it. Scarlett Johansson looks exactly the same as the girl in the painting.

6. Dunkirk vs Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

While the mood is very different in these, the picture looks eerily similar. The fog and the smoke both do the same thing and the colors are almost the same.

7. Shutter Island vs The Kiss

Did you even look at this scene in Shutter Island and think that it looked a bit like the painting by Gustav Klimt? We sure did, but was it intentional? We’d have to ask Martin Scorsese but knowing him it was definitely intentional.

8. The Thomas Crown Affair vs The Son of Man

That outfit looks very familiar, doesn’t it? Well, they even reference it in the movie so we know it was done on purpose. I don’t think it’s possible to dress someone like that accidentally.

9. Frida vs Frida and Diego Rivera

This famous Frida painting was actually referenced in a scene in the 2002 movie and it’s incredible how they got every detail right. Does anyone else think that this movie should’ve gotten way more awards than it did?