Well, you didn’t think he did it all himself, right? Kanye West’s epic and controversial ‘Famous’ video has the world talking, but there’s a certain influence behind it that you might not know. The imagery was actually inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s iconic ‘Sleep’ painting! Check out the painting here!
It’s iconic, it’s stunningly shot, and it’s taken inspiration from a very arty source! Kanye West‘s amazing ‘Famous’ video, which premiered at an event in LA on June 24, is quite literally a work of art! The imagery that features wax models of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Donald Trump was inspired by Vincent Desiderio‘s ‘Sleep’ painting. You can clearly see it right here.
At the event at the Forum, Kanye admitted that he created the video with his long-time collaborator Matthew Barney. He also revealed that they took influence from Vincent’s painting, which debuted at Manhattan’s Marlborough Gallery in 2004, even though it wasn’t properly finished until 2008!
So far, it is not known if Vincent was involved in the creation of the video, or if he knew that Kanye was going to honor him in such a spectacular pop culture way. But surely he can admit it’s the ultimate form of flattery. The long-panning camera shot is the spitting image of the original painting, it’s just so well done.
Just like the painting, the video uses images of a group of naked bodies together. For ‘Famous’ it was celebrities that were used, in what appear to be wax figures of them rather than the real deal.
Incidentally, Vincent, who is a American painter and sculptor, is currently a critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York Academy of Art. He has said in the past his work deals with the perceptions of reality and making the abstract concrete. So we wonder what he thinks of Kanye’s video?
HollywoodLifers, had you heard of Vincent’s painting before? Are you surprised Kanye used it as a influence? Tell us what you think below!