Bouguereau’s Mermaids (3)


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.

Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche, 1895)

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (2)

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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.

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (1)


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.

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Bouguereau And The Zombie Apocalypse

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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.

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Bouguereau Got Swag – Wins Silver

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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.

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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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