If the world’s biggest painters would work in logo design

on August 30th, 2009

In the spirit of illustration (and illustrious) fun, this is my take of what would happen if some of the world’s biggest painters would work in logo design. I’m sure, of course, that they would do a much better job than me, but this would be the outcome as I picture it, with the Google logo as example:

Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky was a Russian-born painter, and the father of geometric abstract painting. His art is characterised by expressive forms, lines and masses of colour that overlap to form paintings of an extraordinary force. His art treatises are focussed on the importance and symbolism of the point and the line in abstract painting.

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Georgia O’Keefe

Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe was a major figure in American art from the 1920s. She received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation. Her paintings present crisply contoured forms that are replete with subtle tonal transitions of varying colors.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. Commonly known simply as Picasso, he is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

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Georges-Pierre Seurat

Georges-Pierre Seurat (2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891) was a French painter and draftsman. His large work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886), his most famous painting, altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of 19th century painting.[1]

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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement.

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5 Responses to “If the world’s biggest painters would work in logo design”

  1. Emma says:

    Hey, this are great illustrations, awesome!
    I love the KLIMT one..

  2. Holy cow. Picasso’s whole name sure is a mouthful. :D

    I like your idea. Maybe Google can do something like this on their homepage, for example, on Picasso’s birthday, since they have a knack of changing the Google logo during a prominent figure’s birthday. I remember Google’s logo was turned into Morse codes during Samuel Morse’s birthday.

  3. These illustrations are fantastic. You got me thinking of other artists. Logos based on the works of Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Theibaud and Cristo would be definitely intriguing.

  4. Todd says:

    They are beautiful!
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