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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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Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

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

$794

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

$3,103

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

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

$3,599

Angelo Pioppo, Subprime, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Subprime, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$621

Bastien Cuenot, Le penseur, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Le penseur, 2013
59.1 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$17,376

Eklektik, We Can Do It, Painting

Eklektik

We Can Do It, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$521

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

$186

John Bacon, A Case of the Blues, Painting

John Bacon

A Case of the Blues, 2019
40.2 x 29.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,090

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

$3,972

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

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

$22,340

Marian Williams, Vermeer, Vermeer, Painting

Marian Williams

Vermeer, Vermeer, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$310

Speedy Graphito, La femme et l'enfant, Print

Speedy Graphito

La femme et l'enfant, 2020
31.5 x 25.6 inch
Print

$559

Peter de Boer, Friedrich, Painting

Peter de Boer

Friedrich, 2019
74.8 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,752

Yining Zhao, Sainte Thérèse II, Painting

Yining Zhao

Sainte Thérèse II, 2017
39.4 x 45.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,599

JP Malot, YO! Mona Lisa, Painting

JP Malot

YO! Mona Lisa, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$621

Richard Levine, Richard III, Print

Richard Levine

Richard III, 2016
19.3 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$401

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

$5,585

Suzi Fadel Nassif, Habib Frida, Painting

Suzi Fadel Nassif

Habib Frida, 2016
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$15,514

Agnès Robin, Ange ou démon, Painting

Agnès Robin

Ange ou démon, 2020
60 x 40 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$3,872

Mister Luca T, La Joconde No price, Print

Mister Luca T

La Joconde No price, 2018
50.2 x 34.3 inch
Print

$4,096

Mister Luca T, US Banana, Painting

Mister Luca T

US Banana, 2018
28.7 x 40.6 inch
Painting

$3,972

Carole Benichou, My Mona Lisa, Painting

Carole Benichou

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

$1,489

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 04, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 04, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$310

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 02, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 02, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$310

Our recommendations Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 01, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 01, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$745

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

Ben Goossens (BEL)

Magritte was here, 2007
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,117

David Crismon, Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, Painting

David Crismon

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

$16,135

David Crismon, Sir John Mennes, Painting

David Crismon

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

$10,549

Our recommendations Mathieu Weiler, Puzzle Guernica, Fine Art Drawings

Mathieu Weiler

Puzzle Guernica, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,986

Bertrand Noël, David and Goliath, Photography

Bertrand Noël

David and Goliath, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,986

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis VII, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis VII, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,179

Julien Saro, Matador, Painting

Julien Saro

Matador, 2008
31.5 x 41.3 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$3,227

Isabelle Renard Amadieu, Pas de deux, Sculpture

Isabelle Renard Amadieu

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

$2,668

Antoine Tempé, Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II), Photography

Antoine Tempé

Dance Moods - Ousseyni Sako (II), 2002
23.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$3,723

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

Antoni & Alison

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

$745

Antoni & Alison, Corrected Masterpiece with Organic Lettuce, Photography

Antoni & Alison

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

$745

Julien Spiewak, Etude, La Lice et ses petits de Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Fine Art Drawings

Julien Spiewak

Etude, La Lice et ses petits de Jean-Baptiste Oudry, 2012
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$621

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis II, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis II, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,179

Smoka, Apollon, Painting

Smoka

Apollon, 2019
45.7 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,862

Smoka, La larme de Demeter, Painting

Smoka

La larme de Demeter, 2018
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,103

Alain Polo, Série Blanche - Untitled N°05, Photography

Alain Polo

Série Blanche - Untitled N°05, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$3,723

Stas Makarov, At the Studio, Photography

Stas Makarov

At the Studio, 2004
27.6 x 18.1 inch
Photography

$1,365

Jacqueline  Roberts, The Siblings  , Photography

Jacqueline Roberts

The Siblings , 2012
17.7 x 25.6 inch
Photography

$4,282

Bénédicte de Sauville, La Joconde II, Painting

Bénédicte de Sauville

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

$3,599

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série 'Cyclope', Painting

Jean-Michel Faudemer

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

$248

Bernard Pras, Inventaire 77 - Arcimboldo, Print

Bernard Pras

Inventaire 77 - Arcimboldo, 2007
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

Sold out

Christophe Charbonnel, Thésée, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Thésée, 2015
18.9 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Our recommendations Francine Van Hove, Les deux Belles, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Les deux Belles, 2012
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$21,347

Bernard Pras, La grande vague, Photography

Bernard Pras

La grande vague, 2008
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

Sold out

Samsofy, René, Photography

Samsofy

René, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

Sold out

Michel Audiard, Vanité Nicolas De Staël, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$17,376

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Vanité Gaston Chaissac, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$17,376

Richard Gower, In The Manner Of Bacon, Female Nude, Painting

Richard Gower

In The Manner Of Bacon, Female Nude, 2020
37.8 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,725

Agnès Tiollier, Miroir de la paix, Painting

Agnès Tiollier

Miroir de la paix, 2018
35 x 45.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,599

Guilherme Licurgo, Seed II, Desert Flower, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Seed II, Desert Flower, Medium Print, 2011
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Guilherme Licurgo, Seed III, Desert Flower, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Seed III, Desert Flower, Medium Print, 2011
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Aldéhy, Ré-Incarnation, Painting

Aldéhy

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

$7,943

La Fabrique du Sourire, Le Sourire de Mona, Fine Art Drawings

La Fabrique du Sourire

Le Sourire de Mona, 2016
8.3 x 5.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

Sold out

Catherine Clare, Vénus, Painting

Catherine Clare

Vénus, 2016
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,862

LN Le Cheviller, Cygnange, Print

LN Le Cheviller

Cygnange, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$168

Paula Wilkins, St Sebastian, Print

Paula Wilkins

St Sebastian, 2019
36 x 26 x 2 inch
Print

$1,426

Paula Wilkins, Mona Lisa, Emeerald, Print

Paula Wilkins

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

Sold out

Richard Harper, Victoria, Painting

Richard Harper

Victoria, 2008
40.6 x 27.2 inch
Painting

$20,478

Richard Harper, Magdalene, Painting

Richard Harper

Magdalene, 2014
28.7 x 20.5 inch
Painting

$17,376

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