See 12 Artists’ Adorable Childhood Photos
Happy Throwback Thursday.
Childhood photos: those treasured memories of your halcyon days that you adore—that is, until your mom pulls them out in front of your new significant other on Thanksgiving after one too many glasses of wine.
Luckily, we’re not your mom, and you’re (probably) not a famous artist, so you’re in the clear for now. But if you’ve ever wondered what iconic artists like Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dalí looked like in their formative years, you’ve come to the right place.
Tracey Emin seems to have adopted her signature scowl later in life, because it appears she was all smiles around the age of six alongside her twin brother Paul.
Take one look at performance artist K8 Hardy’s Instagram account and it’s clear she is almost always ready to ham it up in front of the camera. Apparently, she comes by the trait honestly.
Jeff Koons isn’t shy about his (frankly, pretty adorable) past. The artist turned this childhood photo into an artwork, called The New Jeff Koons, when he placed it inside a fluorescent light box in 1980. We definitely see the resemblance.
Legendary painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, appears to have maintained the same intense gaze from childhood until adulthood.
Lucien Smith, a two-time feature on Forbes’ coveted “30 under 30” list, has kept many of the features displayed in a childhood photo with a friendly horse. (We hope he still has that bomber jacket.)
Hank Willis Thomas
It’s nice to know conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas has always had the same sunny smile and stylish swagger.
Pop art master Andy Warhol famously considered himself to be ugly, but we think the Pittsburgh native was a pretty cute kid.
Do you see the resemblance between these two stages of Salvador Dali? Neither do we. But take away the moustache and leopard, and all is revealed in the eyebrows.
Striped-shirt aficionado Pablo Picasso maintains the same intense stare in both shots, but it looks like his sense of style loosened up a bit over the six or so decades in between these photos.
Frida Kahlo’s eyebrows—not to mention the her decadent, bohemian sense of style—is the stuff of legend today. But once upon a time, she was just a little girl with a massive bow and a poofy gingham dress.
The Japanese artist, pictured on the left in 1939 at the tender age of ten, clearly figured out her signature haircut and expression early in life. We’re envious.
Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s wild hair and chubby cheeks haven’t changed at all. We’re not surprised.
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