Remastered Bouguereaus Don’t Come Much Darker Than This

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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.

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Bouguereau’s Moon Landing

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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.

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A Bouguereau-Inspired Dedication To A Dead Mother

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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.

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Eight Brazilian Remasterings Of Bouguereau’s Water Girl


Detail of Alien Visitors by Léo Rodrigues on Challenges Photoshop Brazil. Click for full image

Challenges Photoshop Brazil is a community dedicated to those who love and treat Photoshop as a hobby and/or work tool and aims to provide entertainment, training, learning, information and knowledge. Each week they challenge digital artist to use a given image and re-work it any way they like. In a recent challenge, the starting image was Bouguereau’s 1885 painting Jeune Fille Allant à la Fontaine (Young Girl Going to the Fountain). The resulting remastered versions were a revelation. Discover them below. The first image is the original painting; click it to visit the gallery. Click the others to view them in their original size.

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Bouguereau’s Venus Suffers The Side Effects Of Antibiotics


Detail of The Myth of Floxing by Billiam James. Click for source

Billiam James is a Canadian artist, writer and interactive storyteller who has strong feelings against certain medicines and their untold side effects. In this image he contradicts magic claims by the pharmaceutical industry that the Flouroquinolones class of antibacterial drugs act on only a targeted medical condition, without revealing their adverse reactions. In his own words:

[ ] with most drugs, it’s more like you shooting yourself with hundreds of poisoned arrows. Some hit the target, but many, many others will hit and attack other parts of your body’s vital systems — some of which, as first glance, seem to be completely unrelated.

In a series of two illustrations he shows Bouguereau’s Venus taking the Levaquin drug, transforming her into St Sebastian (painted ca 1525 by Il Sodoma), martyred with a thousand arrows. Click the first image below to visit the gallery where you will find over one hundred (!) remastered versions of Bouguereau’s Naissance de Venus (Birth of Venus, 1879). Click the other two to view the article (and larger illustrations) about The Myth of Floxing. Click the fourth image to read more about Saint Sebastian, tied to a tree and shot with arrows.

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Bouguereau Meets High Fashion

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Bouguereau’s beauties featuring H0les eyewear, Céline Furkenstocks, a Nasty Gal swimsuit and a Chanel Canvas Graffiti Backpack. Click for sources

Chris Rellas, a 19-year-old American student and intern at the fashion website Nasty Gal, started an Instagram account called Copylab. In it, he embellishes iconic art-historical images with trending designer accessories and logos. Shown here are four examples featuring works by Bouguereau. Below are thumbnails of the original paintings; click to visit the galleries where you will find hundreds more contemporary variations.

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Bouguereau Enters The League Of Legends

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Detail of Portrait of VI by Bárbara Machado on DeviantArt. Click for full image

League of Legends (wiki) is an online video game in which players assume the role of a character, called a “champion”, battling with a team against other champions. One of those champions is Vi, also known as the Piltover Enforcer, and recognizable by a tattoo under her left eye.

Shown above is Vi in a more relaxed pose. The portrait is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s Portrait de Gabrielle Cot (Portrait of Gabrielle Cot, 1890). It was created by Brazilian artist Bárbara Machado who publishes as MissBarb on DeviantArt. (She is also on Facebook and has her own website). Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Portrait of VI on DeviantArt.

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The Macabre Face Of William Bouguereau


Detail of Fallen collaboration by David Magitis on DeviantArt. Click for full image

British artist David Magitis, who publishes as Imagist on DeviantArt, specializes in dark, surreal and sometimes outright creepy artwork. He calls his art “disturbing but with a slight humor“, and doesn’t shy away from turning old masters into macabre new creations, as illustrated here.

Shown above is David’s remastered version of Bouguereau’s 1891 painting L’Amour Mouillé (Wet Cupid). Compare it below with the original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find nearly forty more contemporary versions. Click the second to view Fallen collaboration on DeviantArt.

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David Magitis also had a go at Bouguereau’s famous 1889 piece L’Amour et Psyche, enfants (Cupid and Psyche as Children, also known as the First Kiss). Two of his versions are shown here, together with the original painting. Click the first to visit the gallery, the others to view them on DeviantArt.

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The Mangafication Of William Bouguereau


Detail of A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros by Akira Ishiguro, 2010, 81x55cm, oil on canvas. Click for source

Akira Ishiguro is one of Japan’s famed manga artists. As part of a project entitled “ISHIGURO-YA”, he used several classic paintings to create unique manga versions. Four of those can be categorized as Remastered Bouguereaus. They are shown below. Click any image to visit the galleries where you will find the original paintings by Bouguereau and many more contemporary variations.

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A Cubist Vision Of Bouguereau’s Marguerite


Detail of Our Marguerite by tudiestudio on DeviantArt. Click for full image

You may not immediately recognize this as a Remastered Bouguereau but it is! Our Marguerite is, in the makers’ own words a cubist vision of the Bouguereau portrait entitled ‘Marguerite’. Those makers are Alfonso and Raúl, running the Tudi studio in Spain [website, in Spanish], specializing in the customization of objects such as T-shirts, watches, tattoos, stained glass and more.

On DeviantArt they present a showcase of their designs, including this Picasso-like version of Bouguereau’s 1868 portrait of Marguerite, also known as Le collier de perles (The Pearl Necklace). Compare below the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery, click the second to view Our Marguerite on DeviantArt.

See also: Bouguereau Deconstructed With Verve And Wit

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