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Finrummets reklam: Appropriation av konstverk i annonser
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Exquisite Advertising : Appropriation of Art in Advertisements (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to analyze recent appropriations of works of art in advertising. Why was art infused into magazine advertisements, how were the works of art tampered with to achieve commercial goals, how well did they function together with the ad copy? What did these advertisements want? What did the artwork contribute to the commercial message? These were some of the questions asked in the study that involved a closer look at four appropriations: one based on a battle painting by the Swedish 1900th century artist Carl Wahlbom, with a commercial message printed on top;  one a collage including an 18th century portrait of Marie Antoinettte by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun; one advertisement was influenced by Dutch 1700th century still lifes, and, finally, one paraphrased Velázquez’s famous painting Las Meninas from 1655. Companies behind the advertisements featured a Swedish trade journal, a fashion exhibition in Paris, a shop for kitchen utensils in Stockholm, and an up-scale department store in Madrid.The ads, in different ways based on works of art, were evaluated as reasonably successful commercial messages. These ads, however, hardly qualified as works of art in their own right – if that was the intention. A critical observer would tend to see the ads as ways of borrowing cultural capital from the world of art.One observation made as a result of the study was the need for insights into possible interpretations of the original work of art not to have the commercial message misunderstood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
art and advertising, appropriation, cultural capital, appropriation, art, advertising, Las Meninas, cultural capital
Keyword [sv]
konst, reklam, appropriation, kulturellt kapital
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14830OAI: diva2:480510
Subject / course
Art History
2012-01-18, 14:58 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-19 Created: 2012-01-19 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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