Detail of Before The Blood Bath by ChrisEll on Worth1000. Click for full image
Zombie Ren is a photoshop contest than can only generate the most gruesome images. The challenge is “to show how the undead might have been depicted over the years, by incorporating them into any classic painting”. The 2014 edition drew 18 entries, five of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. Topscorer (finishing #2) among those was Before The Blood Bath by ChrisEll who was also responsible for two other entries. The title is a pun on the name of the original artwork, Avant le bain (Before the Bath, 1900). Below you can compare the two. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find 15 more contemporary variations. Click the second to view the silver winner on Worth1000.
Below are thumbnails of three more zombified contest entries. Click to visit their associated galleries.
Admiration (detail) by Valery Timshin on DeviantArt. Click for full image
Valery Timshin is a digital artist from the Udmurt Republic, which is part of the Russian federation. He publishes his work on DeviantArt under the Linnadark monniker. Shown above is an unnamed creation, which is a Manga-style remastering of a detail of Bouguereau’s 1897 iconic painting L’admiration. Below you can see which part of the painting Valery used. Click to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more contemporary variations. Click the image at the top to view the full version of Valery’s work.
Two pages from Moderne Olympia by Meurisse Catherine. Click for bigger.
French illustrator Meurisse Catherine has created a comic book entitled Moderne Olympia featuring some thirty masterpieces from (and in partnership with) the famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In the book, Olympia escapes from a painting by Manet and goes on an adventure in which she discovers other paintings in the museum, including three by William Bouguereau. Shown above left is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s Les Oreades, on the right you may recognize L’Assaut (The Assault, top row, center) and The Birth of Venus (second row, right)
Below are the original paintings. Click to visit the galleries with many more contemporary variations.
Detail of Bouguereau’s Wasp’s Nest remastered by fnsb13 on Worth1000. Click for full image
SportRen is a popular contest on Worth1000, challenging digital artists to “take any work of art and give it a sporting flavor”. The 2014 edition of the contest drew 11 entries, one of which was this Remastered Bouguereau. Created by Farhad from Tabriz in Iran (aka fnsb13), it took the third prize.
Below you can see how much Farhad changed the original 1892 painting, entitled Le Guêpier (The Wasp’s Nest). Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more contemporary variations. Click the second to view the “sportified” version on Worth1000.
Cheating the Elegy by Martin Nancekievill on DeviantArt. Click for source
Martin Nancekievill is an engineer in the jet engine business, but has a big passion for art, and a significant interest in digital art. In this work, called Cheating the Elegy he re-imagines Bouguereau’s 1899 painting Douleur d’amour [Elegy]. In his own words:
The word “elegy” carries with it connotations of death and melancholy, even eroticism (from the original Latin translation). I have therefore tried to play with this theme by portraying the main figure as a fallen heroine in contemplative mood, re-energising but on the edge of despair, within a sci-fi setting. [...] I have tried to emulate Bouguereau’s style by building up subtle highlights and paying close attention to ambient lighting. [...] I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out.
Below you can compare Martin’s work with Bouguereau’s original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Cheating the Elegy on DeviantArt.
Detail of Les Oreades by Doo-Jin Kim. Click for full image
Doo-Jim Kim is a South-Korean artist who uses 3D software to create rather macabre versions of classic paintings. At least four of them are Remastered Bouguereaus. Shown above is a detail of his variation on Bouguereau’s 1902 painting Les Oreades. Below you can view the full versions side by side. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find several more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Doo-Jim Kim’s work in detail.
Below are three more “X-Ray” creations by Doo-Jim Kim. Click to visit the associated galleries.
Detail of Orestes in Brick Lane by Yola. Click for more
Polish-born neo-photographer street artist Yola works mostly in Europe but recently visited San Francisco. One of his projects there was this mural entitled Orestes in Brick Lane, inspired by Bouguereau’s 1862 painting Les Remords d’Oreste (Orestes Pursued by the Furies). The work is a digital collage of photos which is pasted on a wall, making it a very fragile and temporary medium. By the time you read this the mural may not exist anymore.
Below you can compare Yola’s creation with the original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find twenty more remastered versions. Click the second to view several photos of Orestes in Brick Lane on Yola’s website.
With this latest addition, this site has now crossed the magic total of 3,000 Remastered Bouguereaus. Where will it end?
Detail of Girl with Jar by Lexi-Shae Brooks. Click for source
While the vast majority of Remastered Bouguereaus are the creations of digital artists, there are still many who use traditional techniques to create their versions of Bouguereau’s works. Case in point is Lexi-Shae Brooks, a student of the fine arts, living and working in Wyoming. She created this fired earthenware 10″ (25 cm) high statuette, inspired by Bouguereau’s 1885 painting Jeune Fille Allant à la Fontaine (Young Girl Going to the Fountain). Below you can compare it with the original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find fifteen more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Girl with Jar on Lexi-Shae Brooks’s website.
Detail of Audrey Tautou by Bénédicte Lacroix on Tumblr. Click for source
Audrey Justine Tautou is a French actress and model who shot to fame with her leading role in the 2001 film Amélie, which met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amélie won four César Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
In this portrait Audrey Tautou appears in Bouguereau’s Mignon (1869). It was created by French digital artist Bénédicte Lacroix who makes headlines with her Tumblr Blog Voyages dans le temps (Travels in time) in which celebrities take center stage in classic paintings.
Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find two more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Audrey Tautou by Bénédicte Lacroix on Tumblr.
Did you bring sunscreen? by Frederieke on Worth1000. Click for source
In the good old days nudity in paintings and statues was never a problem. Today, even totally innocent works of art are often flagged as NSFW (Not Safe For Work) on the Internet. The third edition of the Work-Safe Art contest (January 2014) on Worth1000 challenged digital artists to make those works “safe” by dressing them up for the puritanical 21 century.
The contest drew 11 entries, four of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. The first prize went to Frederieke with her interpretation of Bouguereau’s 1896 painting La Vague (The Wave, see inset).
Below are thumbnails of the other three Remastered Bouguereaus in the contest. Click to visit the associated galleries.