Bouguereau In Motion: The Birth Of Venus

La naissance de Vénus – Compositing After Effects from FantomGrafx on Vimeo.

Created by Belgian video artist FantomGrafx. Original title: La naissance de Vénus – Compositing After Effects. The music is an adagio by Samuel Barber. Visit the gallery Naissance de Venus (Birth of Venus, 1879) to view the original Bouguereau painting and dozens more remastered variations.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (7)

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Detail of Eve by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for full image

Photoshop contests on Worth1000 are usually based on a single theme. Sometimes, the challenge goes even further, inviting digital artists to create artwork based on two themes. Shown here is Eve, the first-prize winner of a Renaissance Roulette contest, in November 2014. Shorra chose to re-work Bouguereau’s The Wave, and combine it with a RoboRen contest and an Out of Bounds Art contest.

Below you can compare the original painting with the full version of Eve. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Eve on Worth1000.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (6)


Detail of Death of a Cyborg by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for full image (936px × 809px)

In August 2010, Worth1000 organized the seventh edition of their RoboRen contest. Digital artists were challenged to “take any work of art and robotize it”. The winner of the contest was Death of a Cyborg by Shorra who used Bouguereau’s 1888 painting Premier Deuil (The First Mourning) to create the dramatic image shown above.

Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find several other contemporary versions of the classic painting. Click the second to view Death of a Cyborg on Worth1000.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (5)

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Detail of ROBOTICA by pcysmith on Worth1000. Click for full image

The sixth edition of the RoboRen contest on Worth1000, in 2008, was a great demonstration of Bouguereau’s popularity among digital artists. No less than eight of the 38 contest entries were remastered Bouguereaus, and four of them finished at the top. Shown here is the 9th place entry. Created by pcysmith, it’s a variation on Bouguereau’s portrait of Madame la Comtesse de Cambaceres (Madam the Countess of Cambaceres, 1895). Below are the two versions side by side. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find nearly thirty contemporary versions. Click the second to view ROBOTICA on Worth1000.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (4)

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Detail of Regina Cylonorum by ChrisEll on Worth1000. Click for full image(654×1000)

Twice a year, photoshop site Worth1000 organizes a contest in which digital artists are challenged to “take any classical work of art, and robotize it“. The 9th edition of this RoboRen contest drew sixteen entries, five of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. The highest scoring among them was Regina Cylonorum by ChrisEll, which won Silver. (As it turns out, four of the five entries came from him.) The work was based on Bouguereau’s 1900 painting The Virgin With Angels.

Below are thumbnails of all Remastered Bouguereaus in this contest. Click each to visit the galleries where you will find dozens more contemporary versions of the original Bouguereau paintings.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (3)

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Detail of Little Knitter Bot by steveRS on Worth1000. Click for source

This entry was the 7th best in a RoboRen contest on Worth1000, in 2011. Created by steveRS, it is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s La Tricoteuse (The Little Knitter, 1882). Below are the original and its robotized version. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over thirty contemporary variations. Click the second to view Little Knitter Bot on Worth1000.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (2)


Biblis Robotique by Onanymous on Worth1000. Click for large size (1,024px × 628px)

Biblis (also spelled Byblis) is a Greek mythological figure. Disappointed by her lover she tore her clothes in sadness and was driven into madness. She died tired and sad, and was changed into a spring. Her end was masterfully painted by William Bouguereau in 1884.

Shown above is a robotic incarnation of Biblis. It was created by Onanymous for a Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in October 2010, where it won deservedly the first prize.

Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find nearly forty remastered variations on the original painting. Click the second to view Biblis Robotique on Worth1000.

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The Bouguereaubots Are Coming (1)


Detail of Admiration by BrunoSousa on Worth1000. Click for full image (1024×771)

In February 2012, photoshop site Worth1000 organized the 10th edition of their RoboRen contest, challenging digital artists to “take any work of art and robotize it”. The contest drew 13 entries, three of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. Of those, two were the highest scoring entries, taking Gold and Silver.

Shown above is the second-prize winner, based on Bouguereau’s L’admiration (Admiration, 1897), created by BrunoSousa. Below are all three Bouguereau-inspired entries in this contest. Click to visit the galleries where you will find many more contemporary versions of the original paintings.

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Bouguereau Gets Cartoonified (2)

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Detail of Ariel by Bruno Sousa on Worth1000. Click for full image

In June 2013, photoshop site Worth1000 organized the fifth edition of their popular Cartoon Ren contest, challenging digital artists to “update an old painting, swapping in a cartoon character for the original subject”. The contest drew 21 entries, four of which were Remastered Bouguereaus. Two of those finished at the top.

Gold winner was Ariel by Portuguese artist Bruno Sousa [Facebook]. He used Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche) as the backdrop for Disney’s Ariel (The Little Mermaid). Below you can compare the original painting (left) with Sousa’s cartoonified version (second from left). The third and fourth images show similar variations from earlier contests, featuring Disney’s Cinderella. Click to view them bigger.

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Bouguereau Gets Cartoonified (1)


Detail of The Birth of Garnet by Curtisplease on Tumblr. Click for full image

Bouguereau’s iconic painting Naissance de Venus (Birth of Venus, 1879) is one of the most remastered works in our museum. Shown above is The Birth of Garnet, created by Curtisplease. The central figure is Garnet, one of the heroes in the American TV-series Steven Universe. Shown below is the original painting, together with three cartoon-style variations. Click the first image to visit the gallery with nearly 150(!) modern variations. Click the other three to view their source.

birth-of-venus-original.jpg The Birth of Garnet Cartoon by Dani Gómez

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