‘The Death of Marat (After David)’ (2008)
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Joe Forkan’s ‘Big Lebowski’ paintings

Joe Forkan’s “The Death of Marat (After David)” depicts Uli (Peter Stormare) floating in the pool in “The Big Lebowski” and is a nod to Jacques-Louis David‘s 1793 painting “The Death of Marat.”  (Joe Forkan)
Forkan’s “Supper at Emmaus (After Caravaggio)” depicts the Dude (Jeff Bridges), Donny (Steve Buscemi) and Walter (John Goodman) and references Caravaggio’s 1601 work “Supper at Emmaus.”  (Joe Forkan)
In Forkan’s painting, the Dude stands in for the contemplative figure of Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 painting “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.” (Joe Forkan)
Smokey prepares to enter a world of pain, courtesy of Walter, in Forkan’s work referencing Caravaggio’s 1602 “The Taking of Christ.” (Joe Forkan)
The Dude is hauled off by the Malibu police in Forkan’s painting, which alludes to Il Guercino’s 1647 “Ecce Homo” depicting Christ being presented bound before the Crucifixion. (Joe Forkan)
A classic scene in a bowling alley from “The Big Lebowski” is re-envisioned vis-a-vis Jacques-Louis David‘s 1784 “Oath of the Horatii.”  (Joe Forkan)
The scene in which Walter and the Dude scatter Donny’s ashes gets the treatment a la Peter Paul Rubens’ 1614 “The Lamentation.” (Joe Forkan)
Forkan says his depiction of a parking lot scene from “The Big Lebowski” was inspired by Jacopo Pontormo’s “The Deposition From the Cross” and Edouard Manet’s 1864 “The Angels at Christ’s Tomb.” (Joe Forkan)
The Dude runs into trouble in a scene mashed up with Ludovico Carracci’s “The Agony in the Garden,” circa 1590. (Joe Forkan)
Forkan portrays Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) and channels Titian’s “Sacred and Profane Love.”  (Joe Forkan)