Ok I’m not willing to make an endless argument, as it is not the point, and it gets boring.
But let’s take surrealism painting for instance. Dali didn’t event it. And if you look at Dali’s work, Magritte’s work, and Tanguy’s work for instance… they’re all in the same “genre” if you like, but all very different.
Saying somebody copied Tanguy’s style is not implying Tanguy invented surrealism painting, and is not implying all surrealist paintings look like Tanguy. Just the specific one we’re talking about.
This is not a contest to show everyone’s knowledge of art. I think a lot of people in this forum know a lot of different photoshop collage artists, or have seen a lot of photoshop collage images (as it is CG). Nobody’s implying McKean is the creator of it. But in this particular case, it is not a photoshop collage ressembling another artist’s work, but McKean’s. That doesn’t make McKean anything he isn’t.
Now you’re totally entitled to disagree and to not see the connection between the 2 artists’ works. But just be aware that we didn’t use this name as the only reference we have, but as a particular choice of both choosing a name people will fastly recognize, and choosing a name that DOES, in our opinion, have a lot to do with this image, and not only because of the technique used, or genre it is in.
No hard feelings at all, as I said I do pretty much enjoy this picture.