The Dude meets the old masters in The Lebowski Cycle

The Big Lebowski has been one of my all time favourite films since the first time I watched it, and I’ve always considered it a work of art in its own right. Whether it’s the amazing lineup, the superb storytelling, the endless array of infinitely repeatable quotes, or even the underlying message to just relax and take it easy. While I’ve just admired the film, artist Joe Forkan has taken this idea one step further, and recreated 14 scenes from the cult classic in a series of paintings and drawings called The Lebowski Cycle.


Now I’m going to level with you, The Lebowski Cycle isn’t particularly new, but I only became aware of it recently and felt compelled to share it. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I’d gone this long without seeing these, but what are you going to do eh.

While obviously being based on the Coen Brothers’ movie, each individual piece of art also takes inspiration from various masterpieces of western art, with references to Titian, Caravaggio, Jacque-Louis David and more. Now I’m no art buff, so those names don’t mean all that much to me, although I did recognise some of the original paintings these were based on.

If I had my way, I’d have every single one of these beautiful paintings hung up around my flat, but at $225 / $325 a pop, I think they’re a little bit out of my price range. I guess for now I’ll just have to settle for using them for my computer background.

You can bet they would really tie a room together though.


P.S. If you want to find out more about The Lebowski Cycle or Joe Forkan, you can do so by visiting his website.


L_01 Death of Marat
The Death of Marat (After David)


L_02 Supper at Emmaus
Supper at Emmaus (After Caravaggio)

L_03 Wanderer
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (After Friedrich)

L_04 Taking of Christ
The Taking of Christ (After Caravaggio)

L_05 Ecce Homo
Ecce Homo (After Guercino)

L_06 Oath of the Horatii
Oath of the Horatii (After David)

L_07 The Lamentation
The Lamentation (After Rubens)

L_08 The Deposition
The Deposition

L_09 Agony in the Garden
The Agony in the Garden (After Carracci)

L_10 Sacred & Profane Love
Sacred and Profane Love (After Titian)

L_11 Jester

L_12 Venus

L_13 The Raft of the Medusa
The Raft of the Medusa (After Géricault)

L_14 Baptism
Baptism of Christ (After Carracci)