Sunday, April 28, 2019

Great Art in Murals: Lafayette, Indiana

Hopper's Diner Moves to Lafayette.
This mural was painted on the side of a diner in downtown Lafayette by Andrea Townsend. Read about this painting in this article. I recently posted a photo of another mural based on Hopper's famous painting -- I photographed the other mural at the Common Grill Restaurant in Chelsea, MI. See

The marquee in the Lafayette version of the diner mentions Guns-N-Roses.
Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, singers with the band, originally come from Lafayette.
The original painting, "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper, is in the Chicago Art Institute.
A somewhat confused version of Rembrandt's Night Watch?

A portion of the original Night Watch.
Mural caption: "Sunday Morning Wabash River (After Seurat).

Note that everyone is on a cell phone by the Wabash River.
Seurat's original reclining figure had no cell phone.
Original title: "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
"Marat" in an alley in Lafayette.

The original: "Marat Assassinated" by
Jacques Louis David from the Louvre.
Klimt's Woman in Gold, somewhat revised, with another little graffiti girl near her on the wall of yet another alley.
Klimt's original portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,
the woman in gold.
AND... I didn't find any Mona Lisa murals in Lafayette, but I
found a wonderful collection of them, culled from the web in 2017.
See this website: -- including this example by Banksy.
I love parodies of great works of art. If you've been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I collect Mona Lisa parodies, especially. Therefore, the murals I saw in Lafayette, Indiana, especially amused me -- the original paintings in museums in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, and Chicago are definitely masterpieces of their time, and the Lafayette artists have captured their spirit and verve. I took all the murals' photos while visiting Lafayette recently, and therefore I hold the copyright on these photos of public spaces, while respecting the rights of the painters of the murals. The images of the original paintings come from Wikipedia or Google Images.

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Jeanie said...

These are all incredibly wonderful, Mae! Nice photos and good finds!

kwarkito said...

How excellent and cheerful pastiches! I particulary like the Seurat with the people looking at their cell phone. once again , some great captures

Merryn said...

Such beautiful artwork, and I love your explanations that go with them. Murals are so cheerful, they should be everywhere. Thanks for your gorgeous photographs.

Bertiebo said...

Nice to seee where they com from

Iris Flavia said...

A great collection and yes, the last one made me grin :-)

Sherry's Pickings said...

Wow i love street art/murals. I love klimt too. And hopper’s nighthawks. I’m so glad our local councils allow this sort of ‘graffiti’. :-). Cheers sherry

Sami said...

Love the take on the original artworks. Great murals Mae and thanks for contributing to Monday Murals.

s.c said...

Great murals and I love the way how the artist(s)? have given a twist in every copied artwork. Nice.

RedPat said...

These are all such Fun! I love them all!