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Inspired by Art History

It's always surprising to see just how much of art takes inspiration from other artworks throughout history. Even in antiquity, painters would borrow recurrent themes from their contemporaries; a practice which gave rise to the Corinthian style, as well as to myriad friezes, some of which are still accessible to us today. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Flemish painters such as Jan Van Eyck and Vermeer were revered for the purity of their oil paintings and their innovative techniques. Later, following the discovery of Herculaneum and the exhumation of long-buried statues and ceramics, neo-classicists took up the themes and the models of antiquity, riding the wave of enthusiasm for the classical amongst the European middle classes and aristocracy. Art, architecture and fashion all took influence from the most famous painters and sculptors of antiquity.


There is, however, much more to the story than just these reverent tributes, and in fact it was just as common to see pastiches which sought only to make fun of the masterpieces. The most recent iteration of this trend is the Instagram account Classic Art Memes which posts classical scenes reimagined with contemporary meanings, or 3D animations of masterpieces which are streamed in the form of short programmes on the channel Arte. 


You would now run the risk of being accused of illegitimacy if you were to claim to be at the forefront of art history but in fact produced works that made no reference to previous masterpieces or global artistic movements like Bauhaus in architecture, or Dadaism and abstraction in sculpture and painting. Although that said, of course, this standard should not be a barrier to questioning and to drawing inspiration from previous creations.


Speaking of previous masterpieces, could you recognise the classics? Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'; Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'; Rodin's 'The Thinker'; 'Liberty leading the People' by Delacroix; Titian's 'Venus of Urbino'; Cézanne's card players; Monet's waterlilies; Duchamp's fountain? So many of these famous works have influenced the pieces selected by Artsper. Sometimes reverent, often comical, the artists hosted by our partner galleries haven't finished surprising you yet… tributes, pastiches, winks and visual quotations, these artworks make clear reference to the formidable past of art history. They constantly seek to bring said past up to date, whilst at the same time respecting the fact that it represents a condensation of all the pioneering theories and artistic revolutions of history. Avant-gardists, revolutionaries, dissidents… all the forerunners of the artistic fields continue to make their mark on minds and brushstrokes alike.


Artsper has gone through its collections and picked out some of our favourite pieces which were influenced by some of the works which shaped the face of art history, and which continue to fascinate artists and collectors to this day.

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Our recommendations Capocci, Joconde ACDC, Painting

Capocci

Joconde ACDC, 2014
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,079

Philippe Geluck, C'était le bon temps, Print

Philippe Geluck

C'était le bon temps, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,617

Bernard Pras, La grande vague, Photography

Bernard Pras

La grande vague, 2008
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,617

Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch
Print

$556

Bastien Cuenot, Le penseur, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Le penseur, 2013
59.1 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$16,173

Léo Mordac, # ceci n'est plus un tag, Print

Léo Mordac

# ceci n'est plus un tag, 2015
17.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$173

Laure Simoneau, La Jeune Fille A La Perle, Sculpture

Laure Simoneau

La Jeune Fille A La Perle, 2017
17.7 x 7.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,888

Patrick Delaunay, Guernica mon amour, Painting

Patrick Delaunay

Guernica mon amour, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,466

Paula Wilkins, Trace I, Print

Paula Wilkins

Trace I, 2015
22 x 15.7 x 1 inch
Print

$505

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, Influence (after K.Hokusai, V. Van Gogh), Painting

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon

Influence (after K.Hokusai, V. Van Gogh), 2017
59.1 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$15,017

Sezam, Sezam Vintage, Painting

Sezam

Sezam Vintage, 2015
35 x 45.7 inch
Painting

$2,541

Lluc Queralt, Siria, Print

Lluc Queralt

Siria, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$1,271

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

Barques à Saint-Tropez, 2000
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$20,793

Jacqueline  Roberts, The Siblings  , Photography

Jacqueline Roberts

The Siblings , 2012
17.7 x 25.6 inch
Photography

$3,985

Gaspard Mitz, Him, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Him, 2016
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$751

Our recommendations Samsofy, Sorry Jeff, Photography

Samsofy

Sorry Jeff, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,310

Our recommendations Samsofy, Le cri, Photography

Samsofy

Le cri, 2018
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,310

Our recommendations Blek Le Rat, David à la kalachnikov, Print

Blek Le Rat

David à la kalachnikov, 2008
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,195

Boom Art, La Dame à La Licorne Triptyque / 3 skateboards, Print

Boom Art

La Dame à La Licorne Triptyque / 3 skateboards, 2014
32.3 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$299

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Vanité Gaston Chaissac, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Vanité Gaston Chaissac, 2015
53.1 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$16,173

Michel Audiard, Vanité Nicolas De Staël, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Vanité Nicolas De Staël, 2015
53.1 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$16,173

Marabout, Violet boisé et vert tendre, Painting

Marabout

Violet boisé et vert tendre, 2018
51.2 x 35 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,928

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

Luxury Raft N°2/9, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Print

$3,350

Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG, Versus Black and White Murillo, Painting

Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG

Versus Black and White Murillo, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,888

Richard Harper, Victoria, Painting

Richard Harper

Victoria, 2008
40.6 x 27.2 inch
Painting

$19,060

Carole Benichou, My Mona Lisa, Painting

Carole Benichou

My Mona Lisa, 2016
13 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,386

Richard Harper, Magdalene, Painting

Richard Harper

Magdalene, 2014
28.7 x 20.5 inch
Painting

$16,173

Peter de Boer, Friedrich, Painting

Peter de Boer

Friedrich, 2019
74.8 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,621

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis II, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis II, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,097

Bénédicte de Sauville, La Joconde II, Painting

Bénédicte de Sauville

La Joconde II, 2013
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$2,541

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis VII, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis VII, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,097

Our recommendations Robert Longo, Guernica Redacted (After Picasso's Guernica, 1937), Print

Robert Longo

Guernica Redacted (After Picasso's Guernica, 1937), 2016
59.8 x 129.9 inch
Print

$160,000

Mister Luca T, La Joconde No price, Print

Mister Luca T

La Joconde No price, 2018
50.2 x 34.3 inch
Print

$3,812

Bertrand Noël, The Mourning, Photography

Bertrand Noël

The Mourning, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,848

Bertrand Noël, David and Goliath, Photography

Bertrand Noël

David and Goliath, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,848

Our recommendations Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 01, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 01, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$693

Lluís Barba, La Dama del Armiño de Leonardo da Vinci, Photography

Lluís Barba

La Dama del Armiño de Leonardo da Vinci, 2017
25.2 x 19.3 inch
Photography

$3,466

Lluís Barba, The Four Seasons. Winter. Arcimboldo, Photography

Lluís Barba

The Four Seasons. Winter. Arcimboldo, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$3,466

Our recommendations Mathieu Weiler, Puzzle Guernica, Drawing

Mathieu Weiler

Puzzle Guernica, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$1,386

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 02, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 02, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$289

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 04, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 04, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$289

Our recommendations Ben Goossens (BEL), Magritte was here, Photography

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Magritte was here, 2007
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$693

Phil Van Badmeat, Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, Painting

Phil Van Badmeat

Van Gogh tribute Starry night over the Rhône, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$19,638

David Crismon, Sir John Mennes, Painting

David Crismon

Sir John Mennes, 2013
59.8 x 40.2 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$9,819

La Fabrique du Sourire, Le Sourire de Mona, Drawing

La Fabrique du Sourire

Le Sourire de Mona, 2016
8.3 x 5.9 inch
Drawing

$173

David Crismon, Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, Painting

David Crismon

Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, 2013
79.9 x 59.8 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$15,017

Laurent Camut, There is a light, Photography

Laurent Camut

There is a light, 2012
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,271

Catherine Théry, On a volé la Pomme d'Adam_ Clin d'oeil à Magritte, Photography

Catherine Théry

On a volé la Pomme d'Adam_ Clin d'oeil à Magritte, 2015
45.3 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$3,697

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, Piss Off! (after Roy Lichtenstein), Painting

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon

Piss Off! (after Roy Lichtenstein), 2017
51.2 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$12,707

Paul Le Gall, Le Détournement des trois grâces - Cranach l'ancien , Painting

Paul Le Gall

Le Détournement des trois grâces - Cranach l'ancien , 2015
19.7 x 29.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,776

Horacio Cordero, Las Meninas #13, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Las Meninas #13, 2009
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,888

Horacio Cordero, El enano Sebastian de Morra, Painting

Horacio Cordero

El enano Sebastian de Morra, 2009
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$2,310

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
21.3 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$2,310

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$2,310

Hélène Donadieu, Renaissance, Drawing

Hélène Donadieu

Renaissance, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$809

Paul Le Gall, Venus, Painting

Paul Le Gall

Venus, 2011
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,386

Maitree Siriboon, Family Dots, Photography

Maitree Siriboon

Family Dots, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,137

Maitree Siriboon, Van Gogh Buffalo , Photography

Maitree Siriboon

Van Gogh Buffalo , 2015
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,137

Geert Lemmers, Elisabeth of the Marshes, Photography

Geert Lemmers

Elisabeth of the Marshes, 2015
43.3 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,310

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, The Dream, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Dream, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

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