16 Famous Artworks & Artists Turned Into Emojis

LA gallery Cantor Fine Art has created a whole new set of emojis, each representing a well-known artist or artwork from Lichtenstein to Magritte.

Emoji and fine art might seem like the orange juice and toothpaste of the visual arts: lovely alone, in very different ways, and ruined together.

But there is something satisfying and strangely beautiful in matching the complex power of fine art with emojis, which is surely the only art form truly symbolic and worthy of the modern age.

A whole new set of emojis has been designed by Cantor Fine Art, each representing a famous artist or artwork. The Los Angeles-based private dealership, which represents contemporary artists, noticed that emojis often resemble famous artworks – Le Cri by Munch is a good example, but here are some others.

Image: The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The gallery asked fans which artists they most wanted to see in emoji form. The resulting collection features greats from Andy Warhol to Picasso, Salvador Dali to Lichtenstein, and often reflect their styles – carefully thought out like the best emoji art should be.

Image: Vincent Van Gogh

Art history plus emoji has been popular for a surprisingly long time.

Already, famous artworks have been incorporated - though not necessarily improved – with equally, or more, famous emojisartworks have been reimagined, as if they were created with already-existing emojis, rather than paint or pencil; and the Twitter hashtag #EmojiArtHistory is overflowing with the strange stuff. 

Image: Vincent Van Gogh

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Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Image: Salvador Dali

Image: For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

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Image: Frida Kahlo

Image: Based on one of Georgia O'Keefe's skull palntings. An exhibition of O'Keefe's paintings is currently on at the Tate Modern in London.

Image: Based on one of Keith Haring's heart palntings.

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Image: Oh, Jeff...I Love You, Too...But by Roy Lichtenstein

Image: The Son of Man by René Magritte

Image: Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

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Image: The Creation of Adam by Michealangelo

Image: Fountain by Marcel Duchamp

Image: The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

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Image: Pablo Picasso

Image: One of Jackson Pollock's Spin paintings

Image: A work by James Turrell

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Image: Yayoi Kusama