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A brief look at the artists that inspired the RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs. The World series 1, episode 5 looks, as well as other artworks with a Drag Race link!

10 artworks

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Sunflowers
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

One of Baga Chipz's best looks this season was inspired by one of the most famous series of still lifes – van Gogh's Sunflowers.

Sunflowers 1888
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Oil on canvas
H 92.1 x W 73 cm
The National Gallery, London

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Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs)
© Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: Tate

Although the judges couldn't quite see Blu's reference to Picasso straight away (thanks to block colouring giving the look a Mondrian feel), Blu's make up and the face on the back of the dress was clearly Picasso-inspired.

Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs) 1937
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Oil on canvas
H 60.8 x W 50 cm
Tate

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Marilyn Diptych
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: Tate

Janey Jacké did a great job of capturing the colour and a screen-print like effect in her makeup and hair, outdoing a lot of the Warhol-inspired looks on All Stars 3, Episode 5.

Marilyn Diptych 1962
Andy Warhol (1928–1987)
Acrylic on canvas
H 205.4 x W 144.8 cm
Tate

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Portrait of Hermine Gallia
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

Jujubee explained that her look was inspired by a dress design by Iris van Herpen and Miami's Art Deco buildings. Although not inspired by an artwork as such, I couldn't help but think of Klimt's sumptuous paintings.

Portrait of Hermine Gallia 1904
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)
Oil on canvas
H 170.5 x W 96.5 cm
The National Gallery, London

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Le signal de l'angoisse (The Signal of Anguish)
© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2022. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Mo Heart's mix of unusual symbols with a sinister edge captured the spirit of Dali's surrealist paintings with a bold use of lavender fabric, potentially inspired by this painting?

Le signal de l'angoisse (The Signal of Anguish) 1936
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)
Oil on wood
H 21.8 x W 16.2 cm
National Galleries of Scotland

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Two Dancers on a Stage
Photo credit: The Courtauld

Bonus: Lemon revealed her intended look on Twitter, inspired by both a sculpture and painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas.

Two Dancers on a Stage 1874
Edgar Degas (1834–1917)
Oil on canvas
H 61.5 x W 46 cm
The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

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Lobster Telephone
© Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Tate

Bonus: Cheryl Hole revealed her intended Dali-inspired Lobster Telephone look on her Instagram.

Lobster Telephone 1936
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)
Steel, plaster, rubber, resin & paper
H 17.8 x W 33 x D 17.8 cm
Tate

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Saint Sebastian
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

Bonus: do you recall Aquaria's episode 3 runway back in season 10 of Drag Race? The use of multiple arrows striking her feathered dress recalls Saint Sebastian, somewhat of a gay icon in art history!

Saint Sebastian probably 1480-95
Matteo di Giovanni (c.1430–1495)
Tempera on wood
H 126.4 x W 59.7 cm
The National Gallery, London

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Divine Woman
© the artist. Photo credit: Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Bonus: Divine was a subversive drag superstar, starring in multiple John Waters' films (including the original Hairspray). She is a clear influence on drag today, particularly Drag Race star Eureka.

Divine Woman 1988
Andrew Logan (b.1945)
Glass, glitter & resin
H 61 x W 49 x D 34 cm
Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

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Divine Man
© the artist. Photo credit: Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Bonus: the sculptor of these two works of Divine is Andrew Logan who founded the Alternative Miss World competition in the 1970s, set to return for its 50th anniversary edition at Shakespeare's Globe this year.

Divine Man 1988
Andrew Logan (b.1945)
Glass, glitter & resin
H 46 x W 27 x D 25 cm
Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture