I've made an effort to pair each philosopher with a like-minded artist, often from a similar time period. Philosophers were selected based on requests, hence the somewhat eclectic nature of the group. If you want to see more philosopher portraits, check out series II.
Each of the paintings in the series is an 11"x14" oil on canvas; prints, mugs, and various other forms of each piece are available at my storefront. If you like them all, the Philosopher Portraits Calendar might be perfect for you.
Man with a Book Immanuel Kant. Paired with Pablo Picasso, since both focused a great deal of their work on the obstacles to direct perception of the external world.Get a print →
"The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self..." Soren Kierkegaard. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein.
Evening Star Gottlob Frege. Paired with Van Gogh's Starry Night, for Hesperus/Phosphorus reasons.
Logical Space Ludwig Wittgenstein. Paired with Piet Mondrian, for their similar beliefs about the logic of space.
Action Philosophy GEM Anscombe. Paired with Jackson Pollock, an American action painter; the work of each centers on the nature and consequences of action.
Propositional Structures Bertrand Russell. Rendered in an Art-Deco style.
Logic and Computability Kurt Gödel. Rendered in the Art-Nouveau style, for its emphasis on recursion.
Desert Landscapes WVO Quine. Paired with Salvador Dali, based on a shared preference for desert landscapes.
Formulaic, v.1 Ruth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, an artist whose work is similarly focused on the analysis of a particular formula.
Formulaic, v.2 Ruth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, but composed as the converse to the first.
Let Many Flowers Bloom David Lewis. Based on Van Gogh's portrait of a Postman, on account of Lewis' tolerance of a plethora of views.