Many of the greatest art pieces in the history of art were in some form influenced by another amazing art piece, while that other art piece was influenced by yet another. You get the point: art influences art, great art creates more great art. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider these famous paintings very flattered, for even to this day, they keep having an influence over new artists such as Eliza Reinhardt who recreates famous paintings with her dog Finn.
Here’s how Eliza describes herself, her dog, and their mission: “I’m Eliza Reinhardt and my dog is Finnegan (Finn for short) – we are originally from Iowa, but we are currently living in Texas. I’m a painter by trade and when the pandemic hit I was laid off of my jobs so I was going to just paint at home, but Finn wanted to “help” me. I needed to come up with a project that he could be included in so I saw that the Met and Getty Museum were doing this challenge as a way to keep people involved in the museum/online collection. We did one and both of us loved it so we never really stopped (we’ve done almost 450 now). Finn is a working breed (Australian shepherd) so he takes these photos as his job.”
Though it may look like just a joke, it takes a lot of time and effort to set up a good shot. And the process is constantly evolving. “Maybe a year ago it would take me anywhere from 4-8+ hours to do these, but because we’ve done so many I kind of have a hang of it so it moves a bit quicker. I can usually get them done in under 3 hours if I’m lucky – there are some days when it takes 4+ but that would be because it’s really big or because my day is really busy (I work full-time on top of doing these + running my Etsy store + being Finn’s full-time mother, hahahah).”