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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Bouguereau Gets A Third Dimension

An anatomical study of French painter William Bouguereau’s ‘Le Crepuscule’ by Gerald Hardin on Vimeo. Click below to view many more variations of the original painting.

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A Slice Of Bouguereau

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Temptation revisited by Matthieu Bourel. Click for source

Mathieu Bourel is a musician, sound designer and collagist based in Berlin. As a graphic artist he develops surreal works, like the one shown here. Temptation revisited is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s 1880 work Temptation, shown left. Click the image at the top to view Temptation revisited in full size. Click the thumbnail on the left to visit the gallery where you will find a dozen more contemporary variations.

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Bouguereau Gets Mashed Up With Iconic Magazine Covers

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From left to right: Rihanna’s Mood, Return of Gaga, The Joy of Bathing Janet Jackson. Click for source

Eisen Bernardo is a graphic designer and children’s book illustrator based in the Philippines. He is the creator of the images shown here. In his own words:

“My Mag + Art series is a collection of magazine cover and classical painting mashups. Famous paintings of artists were overlain with iconic covers of popular magazines to produce funny and interesting visual combos. This ongoing project on Tumblr is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture.”

Below are the original Bouguereau paintings. Click to visit the galleries where you will find dozens more contemporary variations.

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Bouguereau Meets Chewbacca

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Detail of Chewbacca by philcheese on Worth1000. Click for full image

This Remastered Bouguereau was created by digital artist philcheese for a Star Wars Ren contest on Worth1000, in August 2014. Participants were challenged to “place Star Wars character, items, vehicles and scenes into classic art works”. Philcheese’s work finished #5

Based on Bouguereau’s Le Printemps (Springtime, 1886) it features the Star Wars character Chewbacca. Below you can see the two versions side by side. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you can admire over forty more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Chewbacca on Worth1000.

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Bouguereau Meets Two Classic Japanese Anime Characters


Detail of Escaflowne by saniika on DeviantArt. Click for full image

The Vision of Escaflowne [wiki] is a Japanese anime television series from 1996 which follows a teenage high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki, who finds herself pulled from Earth to the planet Gaea when a boy named Van Fanel appears on the high school track while battling a dragon.

In this image by Slovakian illustrator saniika (who also publishes on Tumblr, Facebook, Blogspot and Pixiv), Hitomi and Van take center stage in an anime version of Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche). Below you can compare the two variations. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find over 120(!) other contemporary versions. Click the second to view Escaflowne on DeviantArt.

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