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American Pop, Sahara

American Pop

Sahara

Painting - 125 x 100 x 2 cm

$1,665

Vermeerlism - ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Roco Studio

Vermeerlism - ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’

Roco Studio

Print - 110 x 90 x 2 cm

$665

On the Map Andy Warhol’s Portrait in 3D, Pablo Caviedes

On the Map Andy Warhol’s Portrait in 3D

Pablo Caviedes

Painting - 152.4 x 152.4 x 50.8 cm

$60,000

Sorry Jeff, Samsofy

Sorry Jeff

Samsofy

Photography - 40 x 60 x 2 cm

$1,665

La jeune fille à la perle - golden, Marie KVK

La jeune fille à la perle - golden

Marie KVK

Painting - 120 x 80 x 4.5 cm

$4,661

La jeune fille à la perle, Marie KVK

La jeune fille à la perle

Marie KVK

Painting - 120 x 80 x 4 cm

$4,994

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed, Ske

Magic Brush CrazyMonaLisa Ed

Ske

Sculpture - 64 x 56 x 10 cm

$721

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël, Muriel Matt

Dyptique hommage à Raphaël

Muriel Matt

Painting - 40 x 80 x 3 cm

$2,220

Contre Goliath, Kapea

Contre Goliath

Kapea

Painting - 91 x 73 x 2 cm

$1,498

Café Hermine, d'après la Dame à l'hermine de VINCI, Catherine Clare

Café Hermine, d'après la Dame à l'hermine de VINCI

Catherine Clare

Painting - 61 x 50 x 3 cm

$1,998 $1,798

Portrait myope Rodin 1, Guy  Oberson

Portrait myope Rodin 1

Guy Oberson

Fine Art Drawings - 42 x 62 cm

$2,886

La larme de Demeter, Smoka

La larme de Demeter

Smoka

Painting - 195 x 130 x 4 cm

$2,220

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II), Antoine Tempé

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II)

Antoine Tempé

Photography - 60 x 50 x 4 cm

$3,330

À Marat, Luz

À Marat

Luz

Photography - 60 x 90 cm

$2,109

Luxury Raft N°2/9, Marabout

Luxury Raft N°2/9

Marabout

Print - 80 x 120 cm

$3,219

A Date With Mona Lisa, Volker Mayr

A Date With Mona Lisa

Volker Mayr

Painting - 80 x 80 x 1.5 cm

$3,330

The Death With A Pearl, MobiClint

The Death With A Pearl

MobiClint

Painting - 40 x 30 cm

$1,088

Reduced Soup Can, Zedsy

Reduced Soup Can

Zedsy

Print - 50 x 36 x 2 cm

$1,500

Notre Dame tu nous gardes, Marie Burel

Notre Dame tu nous gardes

Marie Burel

Photography - 60 x 50 x 3 cm

$1,332

Mona Lisa, Gab95

Mona Lisa

Gab95

Painting - 40 x 40 x 2 cm

$222

Autoportrait en Allégorie de la Peinture d’après Artemisia Gentileschi, Iconographia

Autoportrait en Allégorie de la Peinture d’après Artemisia Gentileschi

Iconographia

Photography - 30 x 24 cm

$388

Diane se défendant contre un satyre, Emmanuel Flipo

Diane se défendant contre un satyre

Emmanuel Flipo

Painting - 83 x 60 x 0.2 cm

$4,439

Loving Versace – Homage to Haring, Garotto

Loving Versace – Homage to Haring

Garotto

Sculpture - 150 x 150 x 4 cm

$38,845

Le David, Kapea

Le David

Kapea

Painting - 116 x 89 x 2 cm

$1,831

My Body, My Temple, Sahara

My Body, My Temple

Sahara

Painting - 119 x 64 x 2 cm

$888

La liberté guidant le peuple (avec un AK47), Lord Wilmore

La liberté guidant le peuple (avec un AK47)

Lord Wilmore

Painting - 116 x 73 x 3 cm

$1,986

Screaming Marilyn - Green Goddess (Canvas), Pure Evil

Screaming Marilyn - Green Goddess (Canvas)

Pure Evil

Painting - 76 x 76 x 2 cm

Sold

YO! Mona Lisa Gold!, JP Malot

YO! Mona Lisa Gold!

JP Malot

Painting - 70 x 50 x 1 cm

Sold

Apollon, Smoka

Apollon

Smoka

Painting - 116 x 81 x 2.5 cm

Sold

Inspired by Art History

It is astonishing to see how art draws its inspiration from itself, again and again. Already in ancient times painters stole recurring motifs from their competitors, which gave rise to the Corinthian style and to numerous frescoes, some of which have survived. Later, in the 15th and 16th centuries, Flemish painters were honoured for the purity of their oil paintings and the innovation of their technique: this was the case of Jan Van Eyck and Vermeer, for example. Later it was the neoclassical painters who took up both the themes and models of antiquity. Coinciding with the discovery of Herculaneum and the exhumation of buried statues and ceramics, a veritable frenzy of interest in antiquity swept through the European upper classes and aristocracy of the time. Art, furniture and fashion were inspired by the famous painters and sculptors of antiquity.

But there were not only these respectful tributes, and there were also many pastiches to denigrate the works of the masters. The most recent version of this is perhaps the Instagram account Classic Art Memes, which floods the net with classical paintings turned into abstruse contemporary scenes, or the 3D animations of classical art masterpieces in the short programmes of the television channel Arte.

It now seems illegitimate to claim to be avant-garde, to know one's art history classics and to produce a work of art that does not refer to previous works, or to a global artistic movement, such as the Bauhaus in architecture, Dadaism or abstraction in sculpture and painting. Of course, this injunction must be nuanced and understood from a distance, and one should not hesitate to draw inspiration from and question previous artistic creations. 

Will you be able to recognise them all? Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl, Rodin's The Thinker, Delacroix's Freedom Leading the People, Titian's Venus of Urbino, Cézanne's Card Players, Monet's Water Lilies, Duchamp's Fountain... so many masterpieces that seep through the works selected by Artsper. Often comical, the artists hosted by our partner galleries have not finished surprising you. Homages, pastiches, winks, borrowings or quotations... these works claim a reference to the past of art history. A past that is constantly being updated through contemporary art and that condenses the pioneering theories of artistic revolutions. Avant-gardists, revolutionaries, dissidents... the ancestral figures of the artistic field continue to mark the minds and the brushes.

Artsper zooms in on these works that weave their webs over the paintings that have shaped the face of art history and still fascinate artists and collectors today.

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