Photo of Bernie Sanders and his mittens added to works of art from The Breakfast Club to Hopper’s Nighthawks

Clémence Michallon
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Bernie Sanders sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US president on 20 January 2021 (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US president on 20 January 2021 (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A photo of Bernie Sanders at Joe Biden’s inauguration has inspired numerous memes, with images of the Vermont senators showing up in a range of works of art.

Sanders’s inauguration outfit – a practical parka and mittens fit for the cold January weather in Washington, DC – promptly became a topic of fascination on Wednesday as Biden became the 46th president of the United States.

Social media users have shared tweaked images in which Sanders’s photo has been added to well-known films and paintings for comical effect.

Twitter user Ashley Holub shared a selection of memes on Wednesday, with the caption: “The internet really can be magical”.

Among the images she included is a version of Georges Seurat's famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, with Sanders’s photo added among the Parisian silhouettes.

One person also added Sanders’s image to a still from the 2018 apocalyptic thriller Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock.

Another image features Sanders next to Tom Hanks’ titular character in the 1994 classic Forrest Gump.

Twitter user Ryan O’Shea added to the collection with a Sanders version of Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks, as well as an alternative version of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

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