Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins
Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins
Obituaries

Dan Robbins, creator of paint-by-numbers pictures that critics scorned but sold in millions, dies at 93

  • Dan Robbins said his creations were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, but others saw a metaphor for commercialised, cookie-cutter culture
  • His works were eventually celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution and regarded as classic Americana

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Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins
Dan Robbins, paint-by-numbers pioneer, said his invention was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Larry Robbins
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