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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.