George Charles Deem Jr. (August 18, 1932 – 11 August 2008) was an American artist best known for reproducing famous works with deliberate alterations.
Life and career
Deem was born in Vincennes, Indiana. He left his parents' farm to attend School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A year later, in 1953, the United States Army drafted him. After serving in Germany, he returned and completed his degree.
Among the artists whose work he reproduced were Caravaggio, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Winslow Homer, Andrea Mantegna, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and, especially, Johannes Vermeer, about whose style he wrote a book.
Deem died of lung cancer in Manhattan.