Funny Ads Feature Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo Taking Selfies


How would Van Gogh capture his self-portrait in a selfie? Swiss advertising agency Leo Nurnett Switzerland’s hilarious ad campaign for Samsung show us just how, as reported in My Modern Met.

The ad campaign features Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Albrecht Dürer using a Samsung NX mini camera to snap themselves for their famous self-portraits.

The tagline for the campaign reads “For Self-Portraits. Not Selfies.”

artnet News knows it’s been an exhaustive year for selfies (see “Here It Is, the Kara Walker Selfie Generator,” “Japan Installs Selfie Stands at Popular Photo Op Sites,” “Will Art Lovers Embrace the Selfie Stick?” and “Statue Selfies Are the Next Great Internet Trend“), and we couldn’t be happier to see a megabrand like Samsung poke fun at the silly trend.


The ad featuring Van Gogh depicts the corduroy-clad artist holding up an aquamarine camera in his paint-covered hands with a typical Van Gogh landscape in the background and the characteristic sunflowers in front of him. Frida Kahlo’s image portrays the artist donned in her usual flower headgear in the mystical forest that echoes the background in one of her self-portraits. Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer is snapped in his black-and-white striped garb seen in his most recognizable self-portrait.


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