Please… by MOTOMMOTOMMOTOM on DeviantArt. Click for full image (3,839px × 2,357px)
Bouguereau’s 1884 painting Biblis inspires many modern artists. The original artwork depicts the sad demise of the Greek mythological girl who was unable to hide her love for her twin brother Caunus, who ran away disgusted at the idea of an incestuous relationship. When Biblis found out that he had fled, she tore her clothes in sadness and madness. She followed him until she finally died, and was changed into a spring.
German digital artist Andrea Hauenstein (publishing as MOTOMMOTOMMOTOM on DeviantArt) used Bouguereau’s Biblis to create a stunning and equally emotional artwork showing a (supposedly) fallen angel. The title Please… evokes the same desperate feeling as the original painting.
Below you can compare the two versions of the painting. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over dozens more contemporary variations of the original artwork. Click the second to view Please… on DeviantArt.
Detail of Queen Amidala and her baby, Luke by whiteducks on Worth1000. Click for full image
This creation by Indonesian artist whiteducks was the 1st place entry in the fourth edition of the Star Wars Ren contest on Worth1000, in November 2013. Entitled Queen Amidala and her baby, Luke, it is based on Bouguereau’s 1900 painting The Virgin With Angels. In the Star Wars saga, Padmé Amidala is the secret wife of Anakin Skywalker and the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find fifteen more remastered versions. Click the second to view Queen Amidala and her baby, Luke on Worth1000. The third image shows the “real” Queen Amidala, portrayed by Natalie Portman.
Detail of The Bather 2013 by netodark2012 on Worth1000. Click for full image
In November 2013, photoshop site Worth1000 challenged digital artists to “Take any piece of fine art and incorporate a superhero or a supervillain”. The 8th edition of this Superhero Modren contest drew 11 entries, one of which was a Remastered Bouguereau – which took first prize.
The Bather 2013 by netodark2012 is inspired by the The Fantastic Four, a fictional superhero team. One of the characters featuring in several stories is the spacefaring Silver Surfer, which can be seen in the water behind the lady. The Bather 2013 is based on Bouguereau’s 1879 painting The Bather. Below you can compare the two. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find two dozen more contemporary versions. Click the second to view the winning entry on Worth1000. The third image links to Wikipedia.
Left: Douleur d’amour (Elegy) by Bouguereau. Right: Death of the washing machine on Stereola. Click for sources
Stereola is an Italian website where classic works of art come to life. Using digital trickery, works by Bouguereau and other painters are converted into threedimensional works. Not especially relaxing to the eye but impressive nonetheless. Show right is a Remastered Bouguereau featuring a washing machine and a crying cupid. The image is based on Bouguereau’s 1899 work Douleur d’amour (Elegy), shown left. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find nearly forty contemporary variations. Click the second to view Death of the washing machine on Stereola.
Mother and Child by Marcie Jan Bronstein. Click for full size
Marcie Jan Bronstein [website] has been a working artist for more than 25 years. At the heart of all of her work lies the photographic medium: “Photography is my first love, and the quest for compelling, mysterious images never ends…” Known for her unique hand-colored images and her work with the photographic negative, her art is exhibited, published, commissioned, and collected around the world.
Shown above is a creation from her series entitled Mother and Child, featuring many classic works of art. In this series, Bronstein uses photography –negative imagery merging with positive imagery– to connect the past with the present. The original work is Bouguereau’s 1859 painting La Charité (Charity), shown left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find nine more contemporary variations.
Left: At the Fountain by Bouguereau. Right: Alone at the fountain by netodark2012. Click for more
Counterfeit Art is a popular contest on Worth1000, challenging digital artists to “take any famous painting or artwork and alter it in such a way that it is obviously a forgery”. The 16th edition of the contest, in November 2013, drew seventeen entries, one of which was a Remastered Bouguereau, and winner of the Bronze prize.
Alone at the fountain by netodark2012 is based on Bouguereau’s 1897 painting A la Fontaine (At the Fountain). It’s obvious which one of the two above is the fake but the juxtaposition shows how well the artist removed one of the girls from the painting, and created a perfectly matching backdrop to replace the gap.
Click the first image above to visit the gallery where you will find several more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Alone at the fountain on Worth1000.
Venus (left) and Nymphs by Bob Kessel. Click for source.
How many people would recognize these paintings as Remastered Bouguereaus? Probably not many. The works are the creations of Bob Kessel [site] [blog], an American artist whose work is present in numerous private and museum collections.
Kessel’s art can be enjoyed on a number of levels, not the least as pure eye candy indulgence. But it also forces those who would dismiss his technique as lazy, pop-induced ephemera to reconsider the amount of decision-making that went into his work. Like all artists, he uses what is around him for inspiration and, in Kessel’s case, a healthy amount of deconstructionist verve and wit.
The two works above are cubist-like representations of small parts of Bouguereau’s paintings, in this case Naissance de Venus (Birth of Venus, 1879) and Nymphes et Satyre (Nymphs and Satyr, 1873). Below are the original artworks; the white squares more or less mark the segments that Kessel chose to “remaster”. Click the images to visit the galleries where you will find many more contemporary versions of the original paintings.
Hommage à Bouguereau by Nicolas Dhervillers. Click for full size
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize a Remastered Bouguereau. Case in point is this dramatic work by French photographer and digital artist Nicolas Dhervillers. The little girl, looking lost next to a disused rail track, originates from Bouguereau’s 1880 work Temptation (shown left). Click the thumbnail to visit the gallery where you will find a dozen contemporary variations. Click here to visit Dhervillers’ website.
Berok [website] is the stage name of a graffiti artist and mural decorator in Barcelona, Spain. His work can be found in different countries. One of his first important jobs was the decoration of 1200 square meters at the Murcia Zoo, “Terra Natura” with realistic drawings of animals, in 2006.
Shown here is a somewhat smaller wall mural in a private home. This “trompe l’oeil” is based on Bouguereau’s famous 1899 painting L’Amour et Psyche, enfants (Cupid and Psyche as Children, also known as The First Kiss). Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you can admire over fifty contemporary variations. Click the second to view some more pictures of the mural.