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Pauley Perrette Recreates Masterpiece Paintings And Vintage Photos

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Television star Pauley Perrette poses in these pretty portraits.


Pauley as... art? Watch! has photographed Pauley Perrette on several occasions over the years, and her stunning transformations don't disappoint.

From high fashion looks to recreating classic works of art, the breathtaking beauty and star CBS' new comedy Broke makes for a perfect muse—and we've pulled pictures from the vault to prove it.

Broke premieres Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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Pauley Perrette of Broke in hat and cape as Truman Capote swan Babe Paley

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

See how Pauley Perrette brings new life to impressionist masterpieces and channels legendary style icon Babe Paley (pictured above).

The side-by-side fashion photos and inspiration images will take your breath away. Keep scrolling to see more of these works of art!

Classic beauty

Pauley Perrette of Broke as Lise with a Parasol by impressionist artist Renoir

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting Lise with a Parasol by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1867). Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany.

The Lise in question is Lise Trehot, Renoir's model and mistress, whom the artist fancied for her curvaceous figure and dark hair. When Perrette channeled her in front of the Hôtel Plaza Athénée's red-awning façade, an onlooker suggested she adjust her umbrella. "It's a parasol," she jokingly replied.

An affair to remember

Pauley Perrette of Broke shielding her face with a fan recalling an impressionist painting by Manet

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting Berthe Morisot with a Fan by Edouard Manet (1872). Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Manet painted more portraits of Berthe Morisot (11) than he did his own wife (five). This is one of the later, more provocative portraits—completed during Morisot's romance with Manet's younger brother—and reflects Manet's mixed feelings about the affair. To recreate it, Perrette sprawled among the Hôtel Plaza Athénée's signature red curtains in the lobby, dropping jaws and drawing stares from anyone who entered.

Bar none

Pauley Perrette of Broke with a green dress and flower hat as Babe Paley in New York

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette channels style icon Babe Paley at the legendary King Cole Bar, St. Regis Hotel, New York City.

Barbara "Babe" Paley didn't just wear clothes—she transformed them, sold you on them, and made them seem almost profound. As the impeccably dressed wife of CBS founder William S. Paley—and a Vogue editor—Babe's style was ready for prime time and worthy of constant renewal.

Hats off

Pauley Perrette of Broke in a hat and jeweled brooch as Babe Paley

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette channels style icon Babe Paley inside restaurant Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis.

For more than three decades, Babe Paley, a master of visual ingenuity, made well-thought-out ensembles look effortlessly chic, thanks to fresh choices that often went against the trends in favor of creating them.

Last call

Pauley Perrette of Broke behind a bar and a bowl of oranges recalling an impressionist painting by Manet

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Edouard Manet (1882). Courtauld Institute Gallery, London.

The last major work of Manet's career, this painting depicts Suzon, a young barmaid who worked at the Folies Bergère—which, appropriately enough, was a sort of 19th-century version of Le Bar, the Athénée's so-hot-right-now watering hole where Perrette played bartender redux.

Lean in

Pauley Perrette of Broke as Young Woman in Grey Reclining by impressionist painter Morisot

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting Young Woman in Grey Reclining by Berthe Morisot (1879). Private Collection.

Morisot often used family (mother, daughter, nieces) in her work, but little is known about the subject of this portrait. No matter: of all the places to restage it, nowhere is more reclining-ready than the edge of the pool in the Athénée's Christian Dior spa, where Perrette assumed the position and fit right in among the beautiful people.

Spot of tea

Pauley Perrette of Broke with a young girl recreating The Tea by Mary Cassatt

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting The Tea by Mary Cassatt (1880). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Cassatt captured the quiet sublime of taking tea in paintings such as this one, in which her sister Lydia sits contemplatively with an unknown guest obscured by a teacup, pinky in the air. For her own take on taking tea, Perrette set up in the Galerie des Gobelins among the Parisian power lunch set. Cheers, dears.

One of a kind

Pauley Perrette of Broke channeling the elegant Babe Paley

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette channels stylish socialite Babe Paley in the St. Regis Royal Suite.

Babe Paley didn't stick to any one designer or motif—that's why no matter what she wore, it read as Babe Paley's style and no one else's.

Mesmerizing muse

Pauley Perrette of Broke wrapped in pearl bracelets and necklaces as Babe Paley

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette steps into character and pays tribute to style icon Babe Paley, who revolutionized U.S. fashion with her apparently effortless chic.

Babe Paley blithely mixed pricey items with costume jewelry, bravely helped make pantsuits acceptable as the height of class.

Step back in time.

Pauley Perrette of Broke as Woman on a Staircase by impressionist painter Renoir

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting Woman on a Staircase by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876). The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Commissioned by French publisher Georges Charpentier, this painting shows an unknown model—whom Renoir is said to have found in Paris' Place Pigalle—and originally adorned the Charpentier manse staircase. To redo it accurately, Perrette perched on the Hôtel Plaza Athénée's own stairway to heaven: the sixth floor ascent that leads to the elite suites upstairs.

On pointe

Pauley Perrette of Broke as one of Degas famous ballerinas

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, August 2010.

Pauley Perrette channels Impressionist painting Dancer in Front of a Window by Edgar Degas (circa 1874-77). Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

Ballerinas were the go-to muses for Degas, a disciple of the female form who painted this specimen in a sun-drenched photo studio. To emulate the setting, Perrette danced in the venerable Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, the three star Michelin restaurant where the real pirouettes are done by guests' taste buds.

Fashion queen

Pauley Perrette of Broke recreating a classic photo of Babe Paley and her friends

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette recreates classic photo of style icon Babe Paley and friends at The Regis, New York City.

Babe Paley made the best-dressed list no fewer than 14 times and in 1958 was named to the Fashion Hall of Fame.

Glam on the go

Pauley Perrette of Broke and Darren Greenblatt as socialites Babe Paley and William Paley

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2011.

Pauley Perrette and friend Darren Greenblatt channel socialites Babe and William S. Paley.

Babe Paley had fashionable addresses as well. The excitement of her husband's lifestyle regularly took them from their tented St. Regis New York hotel apartment (bedecked with French furniture and a Venetian clock chandelier) to various country retreats.

Broke premieres Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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