Serge Gainsbourg considered popular music as a minor art compared to painting and sculpture. While record covers are true products of the pop culture, they sometimes borrowed to the fine arts. Numerous examples of sleeves are obvious imitations or reproductions of famous works of art, denoting either a genuine devotion or a deliberate attempt to gain artistic credit (or both). In return, some contemporary figures in the visual arts fairly understood the benefit in contributing, directly or not, to popular music, and thus reaching a much larger audience. How many rock fans discovered Andy Warhol with the famous Velvet Underground banana ? This website is about record covers and arts.

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Picasso's graphic pad

Kiki Picasso

Unknown (Unknown)


Chez les Autres (1980)

Ebbets' workers

Charles Clyde Ebbets

Lunch atop a Skyscraper (1932)

The Saw Doctors

To Win Just Once - The Best of (2009)

Leighton's sluggard

Lord Frederic Leighton

The Sluggard (1885)

Django Django

Born under Saturn (2015)

Hockney's composite polaroid III

David Hockney

Untitled (2006)

Tony Allen

Black Voices (1999)

Rothko's untitled

Mark Rothko

Untitled (No. 17) (1961)

Jean-Michel Jarre

Sessions 2000 (2002)

Bruce Lee's Dragon

Bruce Lee

The Way of the Dragon (1972)

Bohren und der Club of Gore

Gore Motel (1995)

Böcklin's Isle of the Dead

Arnold Böcklin

Die Toteninsel III (1883)


Missing Islands: Demos and Outtakes 2007-2012 (2014)

Magritte's philosopher's lamp

René Magritte

La Lampe Philosophique (1936)

Alan Hull

Pipedream (1973)

Parrish's daybreak

Maxfield Parrish

Daybreak (1922)

The Moody Blues

The Present (1983)

Dali's Car

The Waking Hour (1984)


The Last Opera (1994)

César's compression


Compression (1970)

Guided by Voices

Do the Collapse (1999)

Delaroche's Young Martyr

Paul Delaroche

La Jeune Martyre (1855)

This Ascension

Light and Shade (1991)

Hitchcock's Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock

Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960)


Mental Vortex (1991)

Francis' action painting

Sam Francis

AN 8 -7 (JRFA #11228) (1963)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Time Changes (1964)

Crewdson's Dream House

Gregory Crewdson

Untitled from the Dreamhouse series (1998)

Yo La Tengo

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000)

Van Gogh's self-portrait

Vincent Van Gogh

Autoportrait (1889)

Ras Kass

Van Gogh (2001)

Killoffer's Doppelgänger

Patrice Killoffer

676 Apparitions de Killoffer (2002)


Rouge Sang



Tournée Rouge Sang (Paris Bercy Hexagone)


John Miller's beach views

John Miller

Porthkidney with Passing Yacht (unknown)

Chris Rea

King of the Beach (2000)

Kapoor's Memory

Anish Kapoor

Model for Memory (2008)

Vijay Iyer Trio

Historicity (2009)

Cole's Course of Empire

Thomas Cole

The Course of Empire: Destruction (1836)

Crime + the City Solution

The Bride Ship (1989)

Miró's people

Juan Miró

People at Night (1940)

The Quintet (Bud Powell, Charles Mingus,

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach)

Jazz at Massey Hall Volume One (1953)

The Quintet (Bud Powell, Charles Mingus,

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach)

Jazz at Massey Hall Volume Three (1953)

The Quintet (Bud Powell, Charles Mingus,

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach)

Jazz at Massey Hall - The 10-Inch LP Collection


Edwards' Cleopatra

J. Gordon Edwards

Theda Bara in Cleopatra (1917)

The Lumineers

Cleopatra (2016)

Gursky's mayday

Andreas Gursky

Mayday V (2006)


Mayday Worldclub Compilation (2006)

German miniature


The Manesse Codex (1300-1340)


A Knight in London (2004)