Bouguereau’s Bather Shrouded In Black Silence


Detail of Black Silence by Marta Bielsa on Behance Network. Click for full image

Marta Bielsa is a Spanish digital artist based in Madrid. She publishes her work on Behance Network, Facebook and her own website. One of her projects is entitled Black Silence, featuring a series of stunning black-and-white portraits. One of them is shown here. Although mirror-imaged, it is clearly based on Bouguereau’s 1870 painting Baigneuse (Bather).

Below you can compare the two versions. Click the first to visit the gallery where you will find nearly forty more contemporary variations. Click the second to view Marta’s Black Silence series on Behance Network.

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Bouguereau And The Apotheosis Of High-End Consumerism



Top: detail of The Apotheosis of High-End Consumerism. Bottom: thumbnail of the full collage. Click to explore on www.photocollagist.com

What you see here is possibly the largest Bouguereau mashup ever created. The original image by Darrell Taylor is 42,600 pixels wide, by 6,600 tall. Printed at 300 dpi, the picture is twelve feet (365cm) wide. In Darrell’s own words:

‘This “surreallegory” uses current images and classic works of art to comment on a meta-religion that transcends traditional categorizations of world faiths: the deification of consumer goods–or, more simply, materialism. It was inspired by Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece at Ghent, the writings and etchings of William Blake, and the Home Shopping Network.’

‘Besides images of current photography, I stole/borrowed a number of images from works of art from the 15th to the 19th century […] But most prominent in this image are the works of the 19th century French academic painter, William-Adolph Bouguereau, whose “licked finish” nudes were contemporary (!) with the explosion of impressionism in other French artists of the time, the etchings, paintings, and poems of the 19th century British revolutionary, William Blake, and the matchless Ghent altarpiece, The Adoration of the Lamb, by Belgium’s 15th century Jan Van Eyck.’

‘I have imagined a dystopian apocalypse, featuring a cult of shopper-believers who bear witness to the transfiguration of consumer goods into heavenly deities, abetted by media’s relentess selling, and supported by the repression and exploitation of 3rd-world slaves, who produce our outsourced marketables. Some may notice a political statement as the dominant subtext.’

Below are some of the original Bouguereau paintings used in the collage. Click to visit the galleries.

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Bouguereau’s Venus Meets Her ‘Sisters’ At Hopper’s Café

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The Venuses Meet At Hopper’s Café by Karen Sprat. Click for full size

birth-of-venus-original.jpgAmong the many paintings and statues of the Roman goddess Venus three spring out: the Greek statue best known as the Venus of Milo, and the paintings of the birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and William Bouguereau. In this oil painting by Karen Sprat (real size 24″x48″, 60x120cm) the three ladies meet at an iconic location: the café in Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks. Bouguereau’s Venus is the one on the left.
The thumbnail shows her in Bouguereau’s painting Naissance de Venus (Birth of Venus, 1879). Click to visit the gallery where you will find more than 140 other contemporary variations.

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Bouguereau Goes To The Movies

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Flicka and Bouguereau by Mundo on FreakingNews. Click for full-size image (916px × 710px)

By the time the first moving pictures appeared William Bouguereau was already an elderly man so he may never have been to the movies. Never mind! Modern creative minds are quite capable of making the link between the art of the cinema poster and the art of the French master. In 2007, FreakingNews organized an Art Movies contest, challenging digital artists to “Photoshop characters from the old paintings starring in any movies“.

Shown above is Flicka and Bouguereau by Mundo who used Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Fardeau Agreable (Not too Much to Carry) in a scene from the 2006 movie Flicka. Below are the three highest scoring Remastered Bouguereaus from the contest. Click each to visit the galleries where you can find the original Bouguereau paintings and many more remastered versions.

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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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25 Years Of Photoshop – 25 Classic Remastered Bouguereaus (24)

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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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25 Years Of Photoshop – 25 Classic Remastered Bouguereaus (23)

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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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