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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 Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch
Print

$ 627

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

$ 3,163

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

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

$ 3,669

Bastien Cuenot, Le penseur, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Le penseur, 2013
59.1 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 17,712

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

$ 190

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

$ 2,024

Sezam, Sezam Vintage, Painting

Sezam

Sezam Vintage, 2015
35 x 45.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,783

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

$ 21,507

Bertrand Noël, David and Goliath, Photography

Bertrand Noël

David and Goliath, 2014
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 2,024

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

$ 3,795

Yvonne Canu, Barques à Saint-Tropez, Painting

Yvonne Canu

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

$ 22,772

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

$ 3,150

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

$ 3,795

Christophe Charbonnel, Oros, buste, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Oros, buste, 2019
17.7 x 13.8 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$ 22,772

Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

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

$ 810

Christophe Charbonnel, Thésée, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Thésée, 2015
18.9 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,000

Our recommendations Gaspard Mitz, The Dream, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Dream, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 822

Peter de Boer, Friedrich, Painting

Peter de Boer

Friedrich, 2019
74.8 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 6,882

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

$ 340

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

$ 3,163

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Vanité Gaston Chaissac, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$ 17,712

Michel Audiard, Vanité Nicolas De Staël, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$ 17,712

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

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

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 04, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 04, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 316

Aldéhy, Ré-Incarnation, Painting

Aldéhy

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

$ 8,097

Eklektik, We Can Do It, Painting

Eklektik

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

$ 531

Our recommendations Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 01, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 01, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 759

Richard Harper, Magdalene, Painting

Richard Harper

Magdalene, 2014
28.7 x 20.5 inch
Painting

$ 17,712

Angelo Pioppo, Subprime, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Subprime, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$ 633

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

$ 5,693

Juan Cobo Escorial, Climax 02, Photography

Juan Cobo Escorial

Climax 02, 2016
11.8 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 316

Richard Harper, Victoria, Painting

Richard Harper

Victoria, 2008
40.6 x 27.2 inch
Painting

$ 20,875

Mister Luca T, US Banana, Painting

Mister Luca T

US Banana, 2018
28.7 x 40.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,048

Mister Luca T, La Joconde No price, Print

Mister Luca T

La Joconde No price, 2018
50.2 x 34.3 inch
Print

$ 4,175

Carole Benichou, My Mona Lisa, Painting

Carole Benichou

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

$ 1,518

Suzi Fadel Nassif, Habib Frida, Painting

Suzi Fadel Nassif

Habib Frida, 2016
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 15,814

David Crismon, Sir John Mennes, Painting

David Crismon

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

$ 10,754

David Crismon, Maria Gonzaga of Lorraine, Painting

David Crismon

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

$ 16,447

Paula Wilkins, St Sebastian, Print

Paula Wilkins

St Sebastian, 2019
36 x 26 x 2 inch
Print

$ 1,417

LN Le Cheviller, Cygnange, Print

LN Le Cheviller

Cygnange, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$ 171

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis VII, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis VII, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,202

Solène Ballesta, Evanidis II, Photography

Solène Ballesta

Evanidis II, 2014
27.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,202

Horacio Cordero, El enano Sebastian de Morra, Painting

Horacio Cordero

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

$ 2,530

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

$ 3,795

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

$ 4,048

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série 'Cyclope', Painting

Jean-Michel Faudemer

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

$ 253

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

Lluís Barba

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

$ 3,795

Rakip Shabani, Beautiful, Painting

Rakip Shabani

Beautiful, 2015
29.9 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$ 4,428

Véronique Kraemer, Le Baiser, Painting

Véronique Kraemer

Le Baiser, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 873

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

$ 633

Stéphane Chauvin, Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, Painting

Stéphane Chauvin

Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, 2016
29.9 x 45.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,606

Hélène Donadieu, Renaissance, Fine Art Drawings

Hélène Donadieu

Renaissance, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 886

Isabelle Renard Amadieu, Pas de deux, Sculpture

Isabelle Renard Amadieu

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

$ 2,448 $ 2,720

Stas Makarov, At the Studio, Photography

Stas Makarov

At the Studio, 2004
27.6 x 18.1 inch
Photography

$ 1,392

Horacio Cordero, Las Meninas #13, Painting

Horacio Cordero

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

$ 3,163

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
25.6 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$ 2,530

Antoni & Alison, Corrected Masterpiece with Organic Lettuce, Photography

Antoni & Alison

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

$ 759

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

Antoni & Alison

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

$ 759

Horacio Cordero, Sans titre, Painting

Horacio Cordero

Sans titre, 2009
21.3 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,530

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