Art in the form of painting, music, or dance is one of the purest and defining characteristics of human beings. Human beings are known to express themselves through these art forms since time immemorial.
While some of us, stop ourselves by interpreting and enjoying art, some create their own art, inspired by others. Besides, if we look down the history, this has been happening for centuries and one such instance would be Renaissance painters paying tribute to Greek art.
Hence, at this juncture, it only makes sense to look at a few of those famous paintings that have inspired other artworks. While some are homages, some work as an artist’s own inspiration, So, let’s get started.
Paul Gaugin’s Spirit of the Dead Walking
Inspired by Édouard Manet’s Olympia
In 1865, Édouard Manet debuted with his painting Olympia at the Paris salon. It caused a huge uproar among the art community and most viewers were left scandalized. While the nudity of the subject was thought to create the uproar, it was Olympia’s steely gaze and details that suggested she was a courtesan that caught people’s eye.
And this painting served as an inspiration for Paul Gaugin’s Spirit of the Dead that was created in 1892. According to Dr. Jeanne S.M. Willette, Paul Gaugin’s subject “flipped over opposite of Manet’s Olympia, denied the autonomy and the confrontation of the courtesan of the Salon of 1865.”
Olympia by Édouard Manet
Inspired by Titian’s Venus of Urbino
Although the stark nudity in Manet’s work stood out, he was not the first one to portray a nude figure who would look straight into the audience’s eyes. Even before Manet, the Titian’s Venus of Urbino that dates back to 1538 was the inspiration for Olympia. Manet’s Olympia picked up her cues from her predecessor.
However, apparently, the art community in Renaissance Italy didn’t object to this depiction as Titan was a goddess. In fact, it is believed that the painting certainly created a romantic instruction manual for whoever wanted to be Duke of Urbino’s wife-to-be.
Le déjeuner sur l’herbe by Claude Monet’s
Inspired by Édouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Well, even before, Monet had revealed another scandalous painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe. This painting portrayed a jarring image where a female nude who is staring back at the audience, is enjoying the picnic with a couple of fully dressed men. While Manet took inspiration from the Renaissance painters like Giorgione and Titian, Claude Monet (his contemporary) was swayed By Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and was inspired by it.
One of the distinct differences between the paintings is male guests. While Manet painted his brother and brother-in-law in his luncheon, Monet included the painter Gustave Courbet in his creation.
The Last Supper by Andy Warhol’s, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper
No one can deny the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and it was deemed to be an endless source of inspiration for the next generation of artists. Andy Warhol was one of them who added a greater dimension to Vinci’s depiction.
Andy used pop-art iconography to elevate such a brilliant portrayal of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Warhol was commissioned by an art dealer, Alexander Iolas, to be hung in a Milanese bank.
L.H.O.O.Q. by Marcel Duchamp
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is deemed as the most famous painting by the Maestro Vinci and is immensely popular even in today’s art community. Due to the sheer brilliance, most artists would not want to create an inspired painting out of it, but Marcel Duchamp was different.
He aimed for history’s most famous portrait and decided to give his own twist to it. In 1919, he made a postcard-sized reproduction of the Mona Lisa that defaces the famous work with a beard and mustache.
Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights
Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights
While the resemblance between these two artist’s works whose styles are different might take some time to figure out, but when you know what to look for, you will be able to figure it out. Joan Miró’s Surrealist painting and Hieronymous Bosch’s Early Netherlander triptych don’t have such clear parallel resemblance but both of them have got the similar busy, chaotic energy.
If we look beyond the use of colors that echo Bosch’s work, Miró also paints certain random objects that also appear in Bosch’s paintings like, disembodied ears, flocks of birds, and much more.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles
Inspired Bedroom at Arles by Roy Lichtenstein
Arles played an instrumental role in Vincent Van Gogh’s life and he portrayed his bedroom through the Bedroom at Arles painting. This 1888 original became a source of inspiration for Lichtenstein’s 1992 work Bedroom at Arles which is always deemed as an odd take.
Although the inspiration is visible, the styles are strikingly different. While the original painting has Van Gogh’s anxious lines replaced by Roy Lichtenstein’s bold, cold and straight lines. While the inspiration is a tribute, yet it surely showcases the different takes that the same subject matter can be represented.
To Sum Up,
These seven famous paintings have been the source of inspiration for many more paintings, art, and sculpture. And if you are looking to add any of these precious paintings to your personal collection, you can head over to 1st-art-gallery to view some of the most famous paintings that speak of museum-quality prints.