When first looking at this Le Baiser parody artwork by Omar Aqil it looks like a photograph of some strange sculpture. But, it’s actually an illustrated knockoff of one of Pablo Picasso’s paintings.
Parody artwork is a copy that looks so familiar that the viewer recalls another artwork when looking at it. This is true of the Le Baiser (2019) parody artwork by Omar Aqil.
Pablo Picasso (b. 1881) and his corpse have been dead and buried since 1973 but his 7,500-word Wiki on his Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) is still alive and strong. Is it his sharp shapes or flat tectonic puzzle pieces that fascinate people so long after his death? Pablo Picasso was so famous that people recognize his paintings even today. This is true of his Cubist painting Le Baiser. This may be part of the reason Omar Aqil chose to make parody artwork of the famous painting. Not many miss Pablo Picasso’s personality, but everyone knows his work and Omar Aqil knows this.
Illustration has come a long way from the first printing presses. Now, of course, images are created digitally. Even photography has its space in the digital sphere. And, with these contemporary tools looking at an image can often feel like looking at a framed object. Omar Aqil has used these technologies to create his parody artwork of Pablo Picasso’s Le Baiser. It’s hard to tell the difference between pictures and sculptures. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between an original and a copy.
There has, of course, been much blood shed between artists arguing wether their work is a parody or a copy. Of course this parody artwork of Le Baiser by Omar Aqil is no different. So, is it stealing?
Is is right or even genius to copy an artwork in order to make parody artwork? Even more scandalous is when an artist blatantly copies an artwork without the intention of making it a parody. It seems Omar Aqil is wanting the viewer to recall Pablo Picasso’s Le Baiser and not see Le Baiser. But the battle between the copy and the parody rages on.
So, which is better; parody artwork or original artwork?
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