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Apart from Kim Kardashian and Princess Kate (about whom I still don’t get the hype,) Alexa Chung is definitely in the running for most photographed celebrity. That alone makes her the ideal contemporary icon to be looking for in classic art––because, you know, we’re absolutely obligated to ruin everything once beautiful with millennial-style modernity. Just kidding. I’m actually not mad at this whole finding our favs in 18th century paintings thing, I just kind of wish my art education included a curriculum on which popular textiles and poses from the Renaissance Drake would revisit on his Instagram in 2017––at least that would have made it all a little more bearable. But I guess it’s never too late to get up on your art history with the help of @artlexachung.
The account––splicing modern day photos of Alexa Chung with her classic painting doppelgangers––is actually so well done that it leaves us asking: does art imitate life? Or does it just imitate Alexa? I mean, a lot of the works they compare her to came hundreds of years before her birth, but I don’t doubt the possibility that there’s some kind of illuminati magic at play here––that, or she’s a 500-year-old vampire who actually used to be a Tudor. In any case, she’s clearly a chameleon among a generation of normies, that we should definitely be a little afraid of (but obviously still keep taking her style cues). I mean, she does knows her art history.
Check out some of our favorite @artlexachung posts, below.
Here we see Alexa Chung as one of Edward Hopper’s most famous works, “Nighthawks.” If the color scheme of Alexa’s photo, from the wardrobe to the lighting, doesn’t scream “conspiracy theory” to you, I don’t know, I just don’t think you’re ever gonna get it.
You can probably find Alexa Chung in most, if not all of Renoir’s party paintings. Thankfully, she hasn’t revisited that 1800s wicker hat look yet.
But that was a hard “yet,” because that tragic accessory is destined for a comeback. She was clearly super into it back then.
I’m just pointing out that Stefani Melton Fisher’s “The Fur Coat” features an eerily modern fur coat. When else have you ever seen a royal painted or photographed in a jacket that could have just as easily come from Mariah Carey’s closet? Obviously, fur has always been a thing, but yeah, this style is clearly one Alexa brought back in time with her from the 2000s, and got painted in.
More fur, but this painting, having been made in 1976, is slightly less suspicious. It could’ve just been a Fiorucci leopard moment.
In this shoot, she got sloppy about covering up her time travel capabilities. Like your street style sneakers aren’t fooling anyone––we know you used to chill with Sofonisba Anguissola.
We all know Andy Warhol loved his skinny white models. This relationship just makes sense.
I wonder if she’s a Scorpio in every life or if she reincarnates as different signs every time? Obviously in 1932, Joaquín Sorolla captured her as a water sign––but it looks more like she was a Cancer here.
So, in 1924, her name was Anna Maria. She’s probably still mad at Salvador Dalí for giving her up with this one.
Picasso’s “The Kiss (Le Baiser)” is a slightly more abstract rendering but if you listen to it closely you can hear Alexa talking about her new handbag collection.
To be honest I didn’t see this revelation coming, but in hindsight it makes so much sense. Alexa Chung is too perfect to not be a lizard person. It’s all good though––snakes and shape-shifters are forever en vogue.