Bouguereau Interchangeables by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for bigger (1,023px × 727px).
In 1878 William Bouguereau painted his masterpiece La Nymphée (The Nymphaeum). It depicts a group of nymphs, goddesses of springs and rivers. In the image above some of these nymphs have become mermaids — with a twist. Their lower bodies appear to be interchangeable — the nymphs can choose legs or fishtails simply by changing their lower bodies.
The picture was created by digital artist Shorra for a Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in October 2010, where it won the first prize.
Below you can compare the original and the remastered version. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find several other contemporary variations. Click the second to view Bouguereau Interchangeables on Worth1000.
Detail of A Merman and a Mermaid by Howard David Johnson. click for full image
Here’s a question for you: where do mermaids come from? Do they have mothers and fathers? Of course they do. Shown here is the proof. This oil painting, entitled A Merman and a Mermaid is the creation of american artist Howard David Johnson, who has made it his life work to depict legendary women and mythical goddesses of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse and Asian myths and legends. Several of his works are based on classic paintings by other artists, including Bouguereau.
A Merman and a Mermaid is a clear remastered version of Bouguereau’s iconic work Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche, 1895). Compare the two versions below. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over one hundred contemporary versions of the original painting. Click the second to view the website where Howard David Johnson publishes his vast work.
Detail of Mermaid by Julia van der Werf. Click for full image (800px × 1,137px).
Although mythology always played a large part in William Bouguereau’s work he never painted mermaids. But with a little imagination his modern followers can correct that omission. The image above was created by Dutch digital artist Julia van der Werf [website, shop]. She blended old maps, a fish tail and sea backgrounds with Bouguereau’s 1870 work Baigneuse (Bather) to create her own Bouguereau-style mermaid. The collage was her contribution to a challenge at the Sunday Postcard Art blog.
Below you can view Bouguereau’s 140 year old bather side by side with Julia’s mermaid. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more remastered versions of the original painting. Click the second to view the image in its original context. For a king-size version (800px × 1,137px) click the image at the top.
Bouguereau’s Wave Revisited by pikkatze on Worth1000. Click for bigger (1,023px × 773px).
With the exception of the lady shown above most women in Bouguereau’s paintings are depicted safely on high and dry grounds. In the upcoming series of Bouguereau’s Mermaids they’re all getting wet!
What’s a sea without a mermaid? That question must have been on the mind of digital artist pikkatze. The answer is shown above. It’s a remastered version of Bouguereau’s popular painting La Vague (The Wave, 1896).
The image, entitled Bouguereau’s Wave Revisited was the prize-winning entry in the Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in October 2010.
Below you can compare the original and the contemporary edition. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over fifty(!) remastered versions of the original artwork. Click the second to view Bouguereau’s Wave Revisited on Worth1000.
Detail of Zombie Apocalypse by Munguia on Toonpool. Click for full image
Munguia is an artist from Costa Rica who publishes his work on Toonpool, a site where cartoonists and caricaturists from over 120 countries exhibit their works. Many of Munguia’s creations are inspired by classic paintings. His Zombie Apocalypse is based on Bouguereau’s Dante et Virgile aux Enfers (Dante and Virgil in Hell, 1850). Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more variations. Click the second to view Zombie Apocalypse on Toonpool.
Detail of Japanese Harajuku Swag by preemiememe on FreakingNews. Click for full image
“Swag” is one of the most commonly used slang words these days. If your friends tell you “You got swag!” it means they are complementing you on the way you dress, look, and present yourself. In October 2014, FreakingNews challenged digital artists to take any old paintings and give the characters some new style with modern clothes, hats, chains, sunglasses, shoes, etc so we can compliment them “You got swag!“
The contest drew 11 entries, four of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. Japanese Harajuku Swag shown here won second prize. Created by preemiememe, it is based on Bouguereau’s painting The Bather (1879).
Below are all four Remastered Bouguereaus in this contest. Click to visit the galleries where you will find dozens more contemporary variations.
Satyrs by Paulo Paulauskas on Facebook. Click to view full-size
Paulo Paulauskas (Facebook, DeviantArt, Behance, Flickr, Tumblr] is a Brazilian digital artist. Many of his artworks are characterized by surreal and macabre variations of works created by famous painters. His Update to Bouguereau project involves “upgrades” (his words) of several great paintings by the French artist. Shown above is one of them. It’s a remastered version of Bouguereau’s Le jeune frere (Little brother, 1900). Below you can compare the two. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find ten more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Satyrs on Facebook.
Detail of Westminster Moon by Hank Connor on Flickr. Click for full image (up to 2,554 x 1,893).
Retired professor Hank Connor considers himself an incurable romantic, and is fascinated with chiaroscuro, the strong contrasts between light and dark in works of art. The image shown above is a good example of his work. He describes it in his own words as “An image captured on a cold spring morning in London just after my wife Jerre and I had crossed the Thames on the Westminster Bridge. Of course a few things have been added, including an enchanting Bougeureau girl.”
The girl on the moon is in fact the little peasant girl in Bouguereau’s 1865 work Rest in Harvest. Below you can compare the original Bouguereau painting and the remastered version by Hank Connor. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find several contemporary versions of Bouguereau’s work. Click the second to view Westminster Moon on Flickr.
Detail of “O mother where art thou?” by Patrick Henne on Tumblr. Click for full image
Patrick Henne is a Germany-based figurative painter. At times, Henne references and remixes specific paintings seeming to turn the dial on ‘saturation’ and ‘hue’. In this way Henne transforms familiar imagery and icons of art history into highly personal artwork. For example, this colorful variation on Bouguereau’s La Charité (Charity, 1878), becomes an intimate tribute to his deceased mother.
Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over thirty more contemporary variations. Click the second to view “O mother where art thou?” on Tumblr.