Frida Kahlo, James Franco and Leonardo da Vinci Make For Adorable Paper Dolls

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Francisco Estebanez, Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
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Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Vincent van Gogh. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Vincent van Gogh. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, James Franco. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, James Franco. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Salvadore Dalí. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Salvadore Dalí. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Jackson Pollock. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, Jackson Pollock. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, George W. Bush. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Kyle Hilton, Art History Paper Dolls, George W. Bush. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Francisco Estebanez, Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Francisco Estebanez, Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Francisco Estebanez, Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.
Francisco Estebanez, Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. Photo: courtesy Chronicle Books.

With the holiday shopping season kicking off Black Friday, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy friends and loved ones. Here’s one idea that artnet News is totally crazy about: paper doll sets featuring famous artists.

Chronicle Books has two fabulous publications that are sure to appeal to children and grown-up art lovers alike. New this year is illustrator Kyle Hilton’s supremely clever Art History Paper Dolls, which features “giants of the art world” such as Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and yes, James Franco and George W. Bush “shrunk down to paper-doll form,” as per the official book description.

Originally released in 2012, Francisco Estebanez’s Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls has a far more narrow focus, although the pioneering portraitist’s husband, muralist Diego Rivera, does feature as a bonus doll, with a pair of outfits of his own. Estebanez’s book comes with 30 outfits for Kahlo, mostly signature traditional Mexican garb, although you can also deck her out in a business suit. We’ll wait for the paper doll of Beyoncé rocking the Kahlo look (see “Beyoncé and Jay Z Dressed as Frida Kahlo and Basquiat for Halloween“).

Hilton has focused less on the clothes (although Salvador Dalí does come with a diving suit, like the one he famously wore to London’s 1936 Surrealist show) and more on accessories, such as booze for Jackson Pollock and a vase of sunflowers for van Gogh, who also comes with a detachable ear and replacement head wrapped in a massive bloody bandage. For da Vinci, Hilton includes a woman’s face, in reference to the theory that the Mona Lisa is actually the artist in drag.


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