These hand-painted Barbie dolls arranged to recreate famous paintings are the work of Catherine Thery. Their goal is to raise questions about beauty, intelligence, and women’s place in society- both then and now. In almost every paint, the Barbies have replaced the men in the originals.
Barbie dolls were launched in March 1959, and were inspired by a German doll called Bild Lili. Barbie had been among the first children’s doll that depicted an adult. Her name is based on the designer’s daughter’s name, Barbara. One of the common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image.
These barbies were lately exhibited at a gallery called Teodora in Paris under the title “Not the ones you think.”