Artselfies: take a picture of yourself imitating a painting


Artselfies: take a picture of yourself imitating a painting

Now that you have some free time, how about accepting the viral challenge of turning yourself into a painting using the Artselfies technique. The goal: to clone a master painting using homemade ingenuity and creativity.

COVID-19 and confinement have brought out the artistic spirit by imitating classic works of art with the same elements, characters, colors, accessories, etc. to create a great selfie exact to the painting.

In social networks and on the Internet, the original paintings can already be appreciated and compared with the Artselfies. These “masterpieces” are impeccable and equal to the originals. You can see Napoleon riding on a dog, Frida Kahlo style eyebrows joined together, Cleopatra with a Burger King style crown, among others.

Artselfies: the viral challenge

This is the latest trend. Before it was a picture painted with sophisticated techniques, now it is a photograph with an appropriate composition elaborated with domestic ingenuity.

As the days go by, hashtags are multiplying on Instagram encouraging people to practice this art while they are at home. For example on her account on this social network, Anneloes Officier, a 31-year-old instagrammer from Amsterdam, already has 180 thousand followers in just one month practicing this new technique.

If you want to appreciate this trend you can enter some of the hastags:




Anneloes says she accepted the challenge to copy a famous work of art and make it the same but with accessories from home, then take a selfie. She herself decided to take a risk and started out as “The Girl with the Pearl”, the contemporary muse of Johannes Vermeer.

She then decided to share the photo comparing herself to the original via Whatsapp and her friends loved it. Without hesitation he took to his Instagram account and posted the photo and told his followers that he challenged them to do the same with the picture of their choice. The level of creation and the quality of the Artselfies was so high that the next day the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s national museum, was already following their account.

He then opened a home art account: Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine (@tussenkunstenquarantaine), translated from Dutch to English “between art and quarantaine”. Anneloes says that after confinement began to spread around the world and telecommuting skyrocketed, the account went from 600 followers to 180,000.

Currently, there are already more than 25,000 real works of art circulating on the network, including world-class museums that have joined the challenge. In fact, after the Rijksmuseum shared it three weeks ago, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya soon followed.

Dare to become a work of art.