Artist Brings Famous Paintings to the Street

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In 2014, visual artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca launched the ‘Outings Project’ which aims to bring paintings from museum wall into the streets.

The idea came about when he visited the Louvre and was struck by an Ingres painting tucked in the corner of the museum. He thought of reproducing the canvas on a public street so that many people, especially those who may never visit the Louvre, will be able to see the image.

Since sharing his first artwork online, a lot of citizens liberated similar anonymous figures found in iconic paintings and pasted them up in public spaces in different cities everywhere. “He has been invited by many museums around the world to play with their collections and show their work in exhibitions and galleries,” the official website reads.

His latest art installation was done at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art with a seven-story mural featuring a sad girl from William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s 1886 neoclassical painting “Au pied de la falaise,” which is included in the museum’s collection.