The List: Top 10 fictional artists

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From the January 10, 2013 edition

As we salute the work of real artists elsewhere in the issue, we decided to honor our favorite fake ones, too.

10. Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic”

The nude drawing scene no doubt sent tons of creepy guys to take art classes just to have that pick-up line.

9. Midge from “Mad Men”

Don Draper’s artist mistress on “Mad Men” was the representation of the beatnik culture’s evolution in the early ’60s. And she lived another artist cliché by eventually becoming a smack addict.

8. Young Seth on “Superbad”

In his earlier days, Jonah Hill’s character has a special talent for drawing the male anatomy. His piece de resistance? “This real big, veiny, triumphant bastard.”

7. Javier Bardem in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

The smooth-talking Spaniard’s main art was seduction. “Is it reasonable to ask if you’ll both join me in my room?”

6. Nina from “Seinfeld”

Jerry’s girlfriend (played by Catherine Keener) may not have been the most memorable character, but she painted one of the greatest fictional paintings in history, “The Kramer.”

5. Ricky Fitts in “American Beauty”

His keen artistic eye was always trained through the viewfinder of his video recorder, documenting beauty in both his next-door neighbor and a swirling plastic bag.

4. Edward Scissorhands

Whether his medium was hair, shrubbery or ice, he could always carve out a masterpiece.

3. Mugatu in “Zoolander”

The pretentious clothing designer villain played by Will Ferrell turned everything around him to a Warhol-style world of art. “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

2. Todd in “Wedding Crashers”

“I made you a painting. I call it ‘Celebration.’ It's sexual and violent. I thought you might like it.”

1. Maude Lebowski in “The Big Lebowski”

We first meet Julianne Moore’s character as she is swinging (in the nude) from the ceiling while working on a painting. Maude’s work “has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men.” Not us.