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

Boom Art

La Dame à La Licorne Triptyque / 3 skateboards, 2018
32.3 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 331

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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch
Print

$ 593

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

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

$ 3,572

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

$ 20,938

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

$ 3,079

Angelo Pioppo, Subprime, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Subprime, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$ 616

Bastien Cuenot, Le penseur, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Le penseur, 2013
59.1 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 17,243

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

$ 185

Sezam, Sezam Vintage, Painting

Sezam

Sezam Vintage, 2015
35 x 45.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,710

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série 'Cyclope', Painting

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série 'Cyclope', 2017
15 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 493

Jacqueline  Roberts, The Siblings  , Photography

Jacqueline Roberts

The Siblings , 2012
17.7 x 25.6 inch
Photography

$ 4,249

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

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

$ 22,169

Aldéhy, Francesca, la sœur cachée de Mona Lisa., Painting

Aldéhy

Francesca, la sœur cachée de Mona Lisa., 2020
29.9 x 18.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 10,469

Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

Degas Danseur de Ballet, 2004
17.3 x 6.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 788

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, The Dream, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Dream, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 801

Philippe Geluck, C'était le bon temps, Print

Philippe Geluck

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

$ 1,724

Peter de Boer, Friedrich, Painting

Peter de Boer

Friedrich, 2019
74.8 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,419

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

$ 3,079

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Vanité Gaston Chaissac, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$ 17,243

Michel Audiard, Vanité Nicolas De Staël, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$ 17,243

Franck Doat, Mister Apollon /  Collection "Chanel Autrement", Photography

Franck Doat

Mister Apollon / Collection "Chanel Autrement", 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 924

Isabelle Renard Amadieu, Pas de deux, Sculpture

Isabelle Renard Amadieu

Pas de deux, 2020
14.6 x 10.2 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,648

Carole Benichou, My Mona Lisa, Painting

Carole Benichou

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

$ 1,478

Mister Luca T, US Banana, Painting

Mister Luca T

US Banana, 2018
28.7 x 40.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,941

Mister Luca T, La Joconde No price, Print

Mister Luca T

La Joconde No price, 2018
50.2 x 34.3 inch
Print

$ 4,064

Richard Harper, Victoria, Painting

Richard Harper

Victoria, 2008
40.6 x 27.2 inch
Painting

$ 20,322

David Crismon, Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, Painting

David Crismon

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

$ 16,011

Aldéhy, Ré-Incarnation, Painting

Aldéhy

Ré-Incarnation, 1995
44.9 x 63.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 7,882

Suzi Fadel Nassif, Habib Frida, Painting

Suzi Fadel Nassif

Habib Frida, 2016
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 15,395

Our recommendations Mathieu Weiler, Puzzle Guernica, Drawing

Mathieu Weiler

Puzzle Guernica, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$ 1,971

Richard Harper, Magdalene, Painting

Richard Harper

Magdalene, 2014
28.7 x 20.5 inch
Painting

$ 17,243

David Crismon, Sir John Mennes, Painting

David Crismon

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

$ 10,469

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

$ 3,941

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

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Magritte was here, 2007
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$ 985

Bertrand Noël, David and Goliath, Photography

Bertrand Noël

David and Goliath, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,971

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

$ 3,695

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

Lluís Barba

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

$ 3,695

Rakip Shabani, Beautiful, Painting

Rakip Shabani

Beautiful, 2015
29.9 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$ 4,311

Hélène Donadieu, Renaissance, Drawing

Hélène Donadieu

Renaissance, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$ 862

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis II, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis II, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,170

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis VII, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis VII, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,170

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 04, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 04, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 308

Antoni & Alison, Corrected Masterpiece with Organic Lettuce, Photography

Antoni & Alison

Corrected Masterpiece with Organic Lettuce, 2002
10 x 8 inch
Photography

$ 739

Antoni & Alison, Corrected Masterpiece (With banana), Photography

Antoni & Alison

Corrected Masterpiece (With banana), 2002
8 x 10 inch
Photography

$ 739

Our recommendations Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 01, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 01, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 739

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 02, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 02, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 308

Bénédicte de Sauville, La Joconde II, Painting

Bénédicte de Sauville

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

$ 3,325

Horacio Cordero, El enano Sebastian de Morra, Painting

Horacio Cordero

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

$ 2,463

Horacio Cordero, Las Meninas #13, Painting

Horacio Cordero

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

$ 3,079

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$ 2,463

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
21.3 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,463

Bernard Pras, Inventaire 77 - Arcimboldo, Print

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 77 - Arcimboldo, 2007
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

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Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Mondrian, Painting

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Mondrian, 2017
29.9 x 22 inch
Painting

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Gaspard Mitz, Him, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Him, 2016
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

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Samsofy, René, Photography

Samsofy

René, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

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Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG, Girlz, Print

Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG

Girlz, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Bernard Pras, La grande vague, Photography

Bernard Pras

La grande vague, 2008
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

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Paula Wilkins, Mona Lisa, Emeerald, Print

Paula Wilkins

Mona Lisa, Emeerald, 2015
46 x 36 x 3 inch
Print

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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

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