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Art is constantly changing, with new ideas, techniques, and audiences as the body of work continues to expand. While I can’t say exactly what determines which pieces become famous, what I do know is that there’s quite a variety among them.

You know what else there’s a great variety of? Emojis. The little graphical faces that have become part of every texting addict’s daily life are an art form in themselves. Me, with my disturbed yet creative mind, got to thinking: why not bring the world of emojis into the world of fine art?

I present to you the results of my experiment. I think you’ll find the works have been much improved.

“Madame Moitessier” by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1851)


This girl looks so totally depressed; a lot of people in these 1800s paintings do. Probably because they didn’t have Snapchat. Or maybe it was that whole tuberculosis thing I keep hearing about? Anyway, our friend here could use some pep in her step, and what emoji is more peppy than Squinting Face With Tongue? See how great she looks in the edit? Totally adorkable. “Consumption” who?!

“Woman with a Cat” by Auguste Renoir (1919)


Cool! This gal seems slightly more chipper. But hey, why isn’t she looking at the camera – er, painter?! That’s obviously the first rule of composition. The subject should always be staring directly at you and right into your soul. Well, a couple of emoji eyes can fix that. But what’s with the cat pulling that annoyed face? That’s never going to sell any Fancy Feast. Smiling Cat Face With Open Mouth to the rescue.

“Colonel William Fitch and His Sisters, Sarah and Ann Fitch” by John Singleton Copley (1801)