Bouguereau’s Bather Becomes The Robotized Mother Of All Mothers

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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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Bouguereau Meets The Vitruvian Sisters


Nefasta Vitruvia and Incuria Vitruvia by John Magnet Bell on Start Your Novel. Click for source

A Portrait of Amelina Dufaud Bouguereau, 1850Start Your Novel is a blog by John Magnet Bell with an interesting goal: providing aspiring writers with a “story-seed” of 50 words or less, and inviting them to use these snippets for anything they please — short stories, novellas, RPG settings, comics, anything.

A recent blog entry, entitled The Vitruvian Sisters, Who Only Bought Perfectly Normal Art for Perfectly Normal People like Themselves, portrays two ladies, Nefasta Vitruvia and Incuria Vitruvia, both derived from a little known portrait of Amelina Dufaud Bouguereau (William’s aunt), dating from 1850, and shown left. Click this image to visit the gallery where you will find two more remastered versions of the original painting.

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Bouguereau Meets Brigitte Bardot And Kendall Jenner


Brigitte Bardot as Bouguereau’s Young Shepherdess, Kendall Jenner in Bouguereau’s Charity. Click for sources

Eisen Bernardo is a graphic designer based in the Philippines. His Mag + Art series on Tumblr is a collection of magazine covers and classical painting mashups. Famous paintings of artists are overlain with iconic covers of popular magazines to produce funny and interesting visual combos. Shown here are two of his recent creations, featuring French movie icon Brigitte Bardot and American reality TV personality Kendall Jenner, both taking center stage in famous paintings by Bouguereau.

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

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Bouguereau’s Wonder Women

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Bathing Wonder Woman by funkwood and Wonder Woman with Seashell by hobbit90 on FreakingNews. Click for bigger

You thought there is only one Wonder Woman? Think again. Shown here are two Wonder Women you’ve never seen before. They were submitted for a Superheros in Art contest on FreakingNews in November 2014. Both are Remastered Bouguereaus. Bathing Wonder Woman by funkwood came out as the winner, while Wonder Woman with Seashell by hobbit90 finished #4.

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

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (8)


Detail of Mermaid by Thiago Silva on Challenges Photoshop Brazil. Click for full image

In this eighth and last episode of our Bouguereau’s Mermaids series we pay tribute to Brazilian digital artist Thiago Silva, who publishes his work on Challenges Photoshop Brazil, 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 artists 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 Mermaid shown here was one of the remastered versions.

Below you can compare it with the original painting. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find over a dozen more contemporary versions of the original painting. Click the second to visit the website where this little Mermaid is featured.

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (7)


Detail of The Surface by boofhead on Worth1000. Click for full image

“It is only in the narrow margin of the surface that the spirits of the air and of the ocean can meet and clasp each other fleetingly in their arms.” Those are the words of digital artist boofhead who created this magic illustration for a Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in 2010.

The Surface is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Le Ravissement de Psyche (The Rapture of Psyche). Below you can compare it with the original artwork. Click the first image to visit the gallery with the highest number of remastered variations: over one hundred! Click the second to view The Surface on Worth1000.

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (6)


Sink or swim by hogret on DeviantArt. Click for source

South-African collage artist Margaret, publishing as hogret on DeviantArt has embarked on a project to alter an entire book using only Bouguereau’s 1875 painting After the Bath. Each single page or page spread is created applying a different technique, such as paperweaving or crumblage, using a variety of tools and materials, such as melted wax, marker pens, transfer text, copics, and gelpens.

Shown above is one example of a double page spread, in which the mermaid tail is made out of individually cut out Japanese washi paper scales. Below are a few more examples. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find several more remastered versions of Bouguereau’s original work. Click the others to view them in detail on DeviantArt.

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (5)


Detail of Help from a Mermaid by nepaguy59 on FreakingNews. Click for full image

What’s the best way to learn exploring life under water? Get help from a mermaid of course! This image by nepaguy59 was one of the entries in The Art of Diving photoshop contest on FreakingNews in September 2012. It was inspired by Bouguereau’s 1885 painting Love Disarmed.

Click the first image below to view the original painting and discover two more remastered versions. Click the second to view Help from a Mermaid on FreakingNews.

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Bouguereau’s Mermaids (4)


Bouguereau Interchangeables by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for bigger (1,023px × 727px).

In 1878 William Bouguereau painted his masterpiece La Nymphée (The Nymphaeum). It depicts a group of nymphs, goddesses of springs and rivers. In the image above some of these nymphs have become mermaids — with a twist. Their lower bodies appear to be interchangeable — the nymphs can choose legs or fishtails simply by changing their lower bodies.

The picture was created by digital artist Shorra for a Fantasy Ren contest on Worth1000 in October 2010, where it won the first prize.

Below you can compare the original and the remastered version. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find several other contemporary variations. Click the second to view Bouguereau Interchangeables on Worth1000.

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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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