The Dodge Journey with Art History References

I was out for a walk, and noticed the back of this Dodge Journey parked in someone’s driveway, and the first thing I noticed was two art history references: Banksy, and Albert Bierstadt. Do you see anything? Or am I up to my usual imagining-things habit?

art history references on a Dodge Journey

The easy comparison is the decal on the left, with the eyes looking out from the shadows under a lifted-up section of the car (as visually implied by this sticker). This reminds me of the street art by Banksy where a maid is lifting up the painted section of a wall to reveal the bricks underneath. The more-difficult comparison to make is the damaged license plate, where the scraped-away section reminds me of the snowy mountains in Albert Bierstadt’s painting, The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak, which is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Since that one might be more of a stretch, I’ll show my comparison point here below.

snow covered mountains in Albert Bierstadt painting

The license plate’s “mountains” are a little more “snowy” than Bierstadt’s mountains, but hopefully you get the idea.

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