Residents of the Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey, British Columbia, have found humor is the best way to tackle quarantine boredom and blues. As such, they’ve been busying themselves with a special project that’s left all of them giggling. Inspired by the Getty Museum Challenge, Karen Schaefer, the facility’s recreation manager, issued a similar challenge to her community. So, armed with makeshift props and outfits, the seniors set out to recreate their favorite famous paintings.
“One of the ladies said this is sure keeping cabin fever at bay,” Karen told CBC. “It’s three stages: the hilarious part is coming up with an idea and me printing off half a dozen portraits. And then they go off and hunt for props. And the third part is we giggle our way through photo shoots.”
Check out all their attempts so far before. They nail every one!
1. “Woman with a Mango” by Paul Gauguin, 1892.
2. “Portrait of a Girl with White Dog” by John Russell, circa 1790.
3. “Young Girl in a Straw Hat” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1884.
4. “The Last Chance” by Federico Zandomeneghi, circa 1890.
5. “Monk with a Glass of Red Wine” by Carl Kronberger.
6. “Woman’s Half Portrait with Straw Hat” by Lovis Corinth, 1898.
7. Self-portrait by Sesshū Tōyō, 1491.
8. “Lady at the Tea Table” by Mary Cassatt, 1883.
9. “Self Portrait with a Sunflower” by Anthony van Dyck, 1632.
10. “Queen Marie of Romania” by Philip de Laszlo, 1924.
11. “Portrait of a Young Woman” by Isaac Israels, 1920.
We’re not sure which we love more, the originals or the recreations! What fun way to not only pass the time in lockdown, but enjoy it! We can’t wait to see more masterpieces from this hilarious group.
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