Michelangelo: an artist from St. Petersburg creates copies of world masterpieces with an Internet memeBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/michelangelo-an-artist-from-st-petersburg-creates-copies-of-world-masterpieces-with-an-internet-meme
Contemporary art is looking for new ways to express classical themes. The Russian artist has found her way: she embodies the Internet meme of Pepe the frog, imitating the most famous canvases. The girl has created a real planet of frogs around herself and continues to create in the same spirit. Look further at what the inventor's brush, soaked in green paint, does.
St. Petersburg artist Olga Vishnevskaya is the creator of all this "frog joy".Pepe the Frog is a popular Internet meme.
A green anthropomorphic frog with a humanoid body first appeared in the comic book Boy's Club. The author of the meme is Matt Furie.Pepe the frog became an Internet meme in 2008, it was then that his popularity began to grow steadily in the communities of Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan sites. By 2015, this Internet meme had become one of the most popular on 4chan and Tumblr.By 2016, Pepe's image had become a symbol of the opposition movement of the alternative right in the United States. The Anti-Defamation League added him to its database of "hate symbols" in 2016, noting that not all memes with Pepe have a racist orientation. The author of the green star of the Internet protested against his Pepe being considered a symbol of hatred.In January 2017, the Russian Embassy in the UK tweeted an image of Pepe as a response to various "smart guys" who called on Theresa May to prevent the warming of Trump's relations with Russia that was established at that time.
During an interview after Trump's inauguration, a supporter of ideas about white supremacy, Richard B. Spencer, thinking while answering a question about the meaning of the badge with Pepe on his jacket, was hit in the face. The video of this incident has become a source for a number of new memes.