Pauley Perrette Recreates Masterpiece Paintings And Vintage Photos

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

Television star Pauley Perrette poses in these pretty portraits

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.

See how Pauley 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.

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

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Classic beauty

Classic beauty

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.

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

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On pointe

On pointe

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.

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

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Bar none

Bar none

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.

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

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Hats off

Hats off

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.

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

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Last call

Last call

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.

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

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An affair to remember

An affair to remember

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.

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

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One of a kind

One of a kind

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.

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

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Spot of tea

Spot of tea

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.

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

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Lean in

Lean in

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.

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

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Mesmerizing muse

Mesmerizing muse

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.

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

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Step back in time

Step back in time

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.

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

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Fashion queen

Fashion queen

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.

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

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Glam on the go

Glam on the go

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.

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

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