Bouguereau Turns The Lights Off – Wins Silver

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Bouguereau’s Temptation by funkwood on FreakingNews. Click for source

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). On March 28, 2015, participants in over 7000 cities in 156 countries countries darkened homes, skyscrapers, and landmarks around the world. Photoshop site FreakingNews challenged digital artists to make their own contribution to Earth Hour by turning lights off in famous movies and paintings. Shown here is the second-prize winner in the contest, submitted by funkwood. His contribution is based on Bouguereau’s 1880 painting Temptation, shown left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find a dozen more contemporary variations.

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A Kiss From Bouguereau


Detail of Kiss Well by Ron English, based on Le secret by William Bouguereau. Click for full view.

Contemporary pop artist Ron English [wiki] is mostly known for his ‘liberated’ commercial billboards and album covers. For his The Secret History of Kiss exhibition in November 2008, at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, he chose a new direction by recreating several classic works of art, including some by Bouguereau. A common feature of all pieces is the typical face decoration of American 70s rock group Kiss [wiki]. Unlike most digitally remastered artwork on this site, Ron English created his works with oil on canvas.

The ones that can be recognized as Remastered Bouguereaus are shown below. Click each to access the galleries where you can find many more contemporary versions of the original paintings.

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Bouguereau’s Punksters

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Detail of Head Of A Young Punk Era by bododge on Worth1000. Click for source

Étude: tête de jeune fille (Study: head of a young girl, 1898)Punk-A-Ren is an annual contest on Worth1000, challenging digital artists to “punkitize classical works of art“. The sixth edition of the contest drew two Remastered Bouguereaus, both finishing in the prizes. The gold winner is shown above.
Head Of A Young Punk Era was created by bododge and is based on Bouguereau’s Étude: tête de jeune fille (Study: head of a young girl, 1898), pictured left. Click the image to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more remastered versions.

Shown left is the third-prize winner in the contest. Fishing Punks was created by philcheese and is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s Fishing for Frogs (1882). Click the image to visit the gallery where you will find the original painting and four contemporaray variations.

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25 Years Of Photoshop – 25 Classic Remastered Bouguereaus (25)

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Bouguereau Selfie by hidreley on FreakingNews. Click for source

selfportrait-1886-original.jpgWilliam Bouguereau painted quite a few self-portraits in his lifetime. Here’s one he didn’t make – at least not completely. This “selfie-portrait” was the winning entry in a Renaissance Cell Phones contest, challenging digital artists to “photoshop cell phones used in famous works of art”. Created by hidreley, it is a remastered version of Bouguereau’s 1886 painting Autoportrait presenté à M. Sage (Self-portrait presented to M. Sage), pictured left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find nearly twenty modern variations.

With this Remastered Bouguereau we conclude the series of 25 “shopped” Bouguereau painting, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the photo editing software Adobe Photoshop, first released in February 2015.

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Morning Ride by Rodney Pike on FreakingNews. Click for full image.

horseback-ride-original.jpgThis impressive image was the second-prize winner in a Freak Show contest on FreakingNews in April 2010. It was created by photoshop artist rwpike, real name Rodney Pike.

The source of the backdrop is not clear, but the girl on the back of the prehistoric monster originates from Bouguereau’s 1884 work La Bourrique (The Horseback Ride), pictured left. Click to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more remastered versions of the original painting.

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Detail of Les Oreades by Doo-Jin Kim. Click for full image

Doo-Jim Kim is a South-Korean artist who uses 3D software to create rather macabre versions of classic paintings. At least four of them are Remastered Bouguereaus. Shown above is a detail of his variation on Bouguereau’s 1902 painting Les Oreades. Below you can view the full versions side by side. Click the first image to visit the gallery where you will find several more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Doo-Jim Kim’s work in detail.

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Dawns 1st Fling by sizzlar on Worth1000. Click for source

aurore-original.jpgL’aurore (Dawn), painted by Bouguereau in 1881, is one of four works representing moments of the day (the other ones are called Day, Evening Mood, and Night).

In this work by sizzlar Dawn becomes the name of a lady javelin thrower. It was created for a SportRen contest on Worth1000, in 2006. The original painting is pictured on the left; click to visit the gallery where you will find over thirty more remastered versions.

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Detail of Petrol Madonna by JannaR on FreakingNews. Click for source

virgin-of-the-lilies-original.jpgIn 2007, photoshop site FreakingNews invited digital artists to re-work classic works of art to include any elements connected to oil. Five of the entries were Remastered Bouguereaus, including the one shown here, which won third prize.

Petrol Madonna was created by JannaR, and is based on Bouguereau’s La Vierge au Lys (The Virgin of the Lilies, 1899). The original painting is pictured left; click to visit the gallery where you will find over twenty more contemporary variations.

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25 Years Of Photoshop – 25 Classic Remastered Bouguereaus (20)

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Bouguereau Interchangeables by Shorra on Worth1000. Click for source

nymphaeum-original.jpgIn 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.

Pictured left is the original version. Click first to visit the gallery where you will find several other contemporary variations.

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Detail of Dante et Virgile rock out by Fenrir on Worth1000. Click for source

dante-and-virgil-original.jpgWhat do you get if you ask Photoshop artists to turn Bouguereau into the King of 21th Century Rock & Roll? Here’s the answer. This “heavy metal” version of a Bouguereau painting was created by Fenrir for a Rock ‘n’ Ren contest on Worth1000, in 2005.

The original painting is called Dante et Virgile aux Enfers (Dante and Virgil in Hell), and dates from 1850. You can see it pictured on the left; click to visit the gallery where you will find dozens more contemporary variations.

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