Dog and owner take adorable photos recreating over 300 classic paintings

What a good boy (Photo: Getty / Mercury Press)

When lockdown boredom hit, painter Eliza Reinhardt had an idea on how to make friends and family smile – with the help of her dog Finn.

Eliza, 26, and Finn, four, took photos reimagining icon paintings from Van Gough and Lowry’s art to Frida Kahlo.

The duo have so far recreated over 300 paintings – including The Scream, American Gothic, and A Friend In Need – by dressing up and using random items from around the house.

Eliza, originally from Iowa and now living in Denton, TX, US, says their new hobby brought out working dog Finn’s natural modeling talent.

She said: “Finn is a really exuberant and crazy character, so he was perfect to take those photos with.

“At the start of the pandemic, I was fired from my job at an art gallery and suddenly I was left at home with Finn, but he didn’t like being left alone when I went to paint.

Undated photo issued by Eliza Reinhardt showing the painting Portrait of Anna Rosina Marquart, 1642, by Michael Conrad Hirt (left) reimagined by artist Eliza Reinhardt with her dog, Finn, as Portrait of Finnegan Dorman, 2020 ( right) during locking.  Photo by the AP.  Issue date: Monday, November 23, 2020. See PA story ARTS Dog.  Photo credit should read: Eliza Reinhardt / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This document photo may be used only for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or of the facts mentioned in the legend.  Reuse of image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Portrait of Anna Rosina Marquart, 1642, by Michael Conrad Hirt (left) reimagined by artist Eliza and Finn as Portrait of Finnegan Dorman, 2020 (right) (Photo: PA)

Undated photo released by Eliza Reinhardt showing the painting Baby (Cradle), 1917/18, by Gustav Klimt (left) reimagined by artist Eliza Reinhardt with her dog, Finn, as Babies (Cradle), 2020 (at right) during locking.  Photo by the AP.  Issue date: Monday, November 23, 2020. See PA story ARTS Dog.  Photo credit should read: Eliza Reinhardt / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This document photo may be used only for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or of the facts mentioned in the legend.  Reuse of image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Baby (cradle), 1917/18, by Gustav Klimt (left) reimagined as babies (cradle), 2020 (right) (Photo: PA)

“My mom suggested I do something creative with Finn to include it, so I started doing artistic recreations, drawing inspiration from paintings that contained dogs.

“I realized he didn’t have to be just a dog – he could be anything – that’s when we made a Van Gogh that had a mother and a child in it, and he was the baby.

“It opened up a world of incredible photographic opportunities.

“It’s nice to see how many people love art without knowing it, looking at our work.

“Everyone should be able to appreciate art, so if Finn and I can make that happen for some people, that’s wonderful and I’m thrilled.

“Australian Shepherds are a working breed so they need a job to do every day and since I don’t live on a farm that’s why we do it. He loves it.

Undated photo posted by Eliza Reinhardt showing the painting The Ladies of Cholmondeley, 1600-1610 (top) reimagined by artist Eliza Reinhardt with her dog, Finn, as the Ladies of Reinhardt, 2020 (bottom) during lockdown .  Photo by the AP.  Issue date: Monday, November 23, 2020. See PA story ARTS Dog.  Photo credit should read: Eliza Reinhardt / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This document photo may be used only for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or of the facts mentioned in the legend.  Reuse of image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

The Ladies of Cholmondeley, 1600-1610 (top) reimagined as the Ladies of Reinhardt, 2020 (bottom) (Photo: PA)

To build the stage, Eliza makes some of her own props, drawing on her artistic background. She also uses items like Finn’s toys to give their pictures an extra touch of fun.

“There’s a comedic twist to what we do and people talk about our photos and don’t realize they’re analyzing art, which is amazing to me,” she said.

“We once recreated a painting of a girl getting ready in front of a mirror, so I put Finn in her shoes and decided to replace hair and beauty products with brush, toothpaste and toys. by Finn.

“Doing little things that go from copying to reinterpreting is really exciting. “

Today, Eliza and Finn have over 10,000 Instagram followers, with their photos earning a few thousand likes on every Facebook post.

Undated photo posted by Eliza Reinhardt showing the painting The Nightmare, 1781 Henry Fuseli (left) and reimagined by artist Eliza Reinhardt with her dog, Finn, as The Nightmare, 2020 (right) during the lockdown.  Photo by the AP.  Issue date: Monday, November 23, 2020. See PA story ARTS Dog.  Photo credit should read: Eliza Reinhardt / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This document photo may be used only for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people in the image or of the facts mentioned in the legend.  Reuse of image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

The Nightmare, 1781 Henry Fuseli (left) and reimagined by artist Eliza Reinhardt with her dog, Finn, as The Nightmare, 2020 (right) (Photo: PA)

Eliza said, “I never expected this little project to get so big online. It’s crazy – at first it was just for my friends and family. ‘

She added: “I’ve always felt there is a strange stigma around talking about art, but it allows me to make art accessible to everyone.

“I get so many messages from people who make it a daily ritual with their kids to look at our daily photos, which is amazing.

“It’s nice to let the kids enjoy this stuff and it’s a small step towards other works of art.

“There’s such a mix of people in the community she’s created – some love art and some just love dogs.”

Finn also seems a lot happier since they started their project, so Eliza hopes to keep it going for as long as possible.

“The benefit beyond my enjoyment of creating these photos is that it also improves Finn,” she explained.

“He loves doing it – he won’t leave me until we get the next pic every morning.”

“I wish people could see him do it because he’s always so excited after finishing every photo – he wags his tail and gives me a high five.”

“I hope there is enough art in the world to keep doing this with him because he loves it so much that I don’t think he could go a day without it.”

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