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Famous Artworks (With A Twist) For Your Collection

  • Sunday B. Morning - The Scream (Orange) (detail), 2018
July 25, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

It is common for artists to study the ingenious styles others created before them, advising their own technical practices and visual sensibility. Drawing from the significant cultural heritage of their great predecessors, contemporary artists have often appropriated, deconstructed and reinterpreted masterpieces from art history, creating brand new works of art.

Here are ten famous artworks which have been revamped by famous contemporary artists. The best thing is that you add them to your collection right now!

Featured image: Sunday B. Morning – The Scream (Orange) (detail), 2018. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Jeff Koons - Gazing Ball (Van Gogh Wheatfield With Cypresses), 2017

Jeff Koons - Gazing Ball (Van Gogh Wheatfield With Cypresses)

Often described as the king of postmodernism, Jeff Koons is one of the most influential and controversial artists of the post-war era. He rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as part of a generation of artists who explore the meaning of art in a media-saturated era and the attendant crisis of representation.

Koons’ Gazing Ball series features repainted versions of masterpieces, from Titian’s Venus and Mars to the Mona Lisa, with a shiny blue sphere placed in front of each, the so-called “gazing ball” popularized by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and now more often used as garden ornaments. The sphere is placed on a little shelf, painted as if it had sprouted directly from the image. As the artist explained, the gazing ball “represents the vastness of the universe and at the same time the intimacy of right here, right now”. This piece is a repainted version of Van Gogh’s Wheatfield With Cypresses.

See more info about the work here.

  • Thomas Buildmore - Christina (After Andrew Wyeth), 2017

Thomas Buildmore - Christina (After Andrew Wyeth)

An American curator, conceptual and neo-pop artist, Thomas Buildmore is best-known for his colorful graffiti and paintings.

Deeply engaging into the masterpieces of the past, Buildmore deciphered and translated them through the modern medium of spray paint. Refreshing the subjects through his generous use of color and ease of lines, Buildmore reinvented cultural nostalgia, providing a purely transformative contemporary vision. This work is a reinterpretation of the famous Andrew Wyeth‘s 1948 painting Christina’s World.

See more info about the work here.

  • Sunday B. Morning - The Scream (Orange), 2018

Sunday B. Morning - The Scream (Orange)

Sunday B. Morning prints came about as a result of Andy Warhol’s wish to play with and challenge the art establishment. After the success of the Factory Editions, he began collaborating in 1970 with some partners in Belgium who operated a printing company, Sunday B. Morning on the second series of prints. He gave them the negatives to his Factory Editions, the color codes and they came up with the idea of a black ink stamp on the back of the work which says, “fill in your own signature”.

Even after the communication between Warhol and Sunday B. Morning fell apart, they continued printing these prints, filling the art market with them. This work is created after Warhol’s prints inspired by Edvard Munch.

See more info about the work here.

  • Ryan Callanan - CHEER UP SPORTS FAN, 2009

Ryan Callanan - CHEER UP SPORTS FAN

A British contemporary printmaker, Ryan Callanan draws from his thorough knowledge of craftsmanship and materials, which he gained during his academic training in 3-D design and industrial model making.

CHEER UP SPORTS FAN from 2009 is a reinterpretation of Eddie Adams‘s 1968 photograph Saigon Execution, depicting the Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police, shooting Nguyen Van Lem, the captain of a terrorist squad who had just killed the family of one of Loan’s friends.

See more info about the work here.

  • Maximilian Pruefer - Mona Lisa 2

Maximilian Pruefer - Mona Lisa

Conceptually examining the natural processes and phenomena, the German artist Maximilian Pruefer turns almost every movement into a picture, making the record of it with his own printing system, the so-called Naturantypie. This process involves a highly sensitive printer that creates the smallest contact with the surface, letting out the ink and recording every movement.

Through this technique, the artist reinterpreted Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jerome Revon - Andy’s Aerosol White

Jerome Revon - Andy’s Aerosol White

A French artist and photographer, Jérôme Revon who builds and conceives his works around two passions  – architecture and photography. Traveling up and down the world’s largest cities, he captures streets, buildings, walls and roofs, imposing his style and universe in the world of contemporary photography, particularly thanks to his own technique, that of SPLITS.

In Andy’s Aerosol White, Revon appropriated Warhol’s Campbell Soup imagery and combined it with an image of the spray paint.

See more info about the work here.

  • C215 - Boy with a Basket of Fruit, 2012

C215 - Boy with a Basket of Fruit

One of the most famous stencil artists in the world, C215 is mostly focused on portraiture, as he believes that faces have a universal message that everybody will understand and be moved by. Ranging from local people and children to celebrities, all of his subjects are depicted as proud and dignified. Communicating on a universal level, his works draw attention to those that society has forgotten about.

In this ceramic piece, the artist appropriated Boy with a Basket of Fruit, c.1593, a painting generally ascribed to Italian Baroque master Caravaggio.

See more info about the work here.

  • Florian Eymann - Numero 180.418, 2012

Florian Eymann - Numero 180.418

A French contemporary artist, Florian Eymann explores dark themes and experiments with form and content, deconstructing and reinterpreting faces, expressions, and the marks of time. By subverting familiar subjects through explosive and abstract touches of paint, he creates works which require imagination on the part of the viewer.

In Numero 180.418, Eymann deconstructed Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington, a famous work which is also featured on the $1 bill.

See more info about the work here.

  • Moens de Hase - Alice Man Ray Joel, 2017

Joel Moens de Hase - Alice Man Ray

A Belgian contemporary artist, Joel Moens de Hase is best known for his photo mosaics, which first began to emerge in 2011. With an ability to surprise and seduce through the originality and aesthetics of the concept, this contemporary alternative of pixel art and pointillism rapidly caught the interest of national and international viewership.

Using his unique digital art form, the artist reinterpreted the famous 1924 photograph by Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin).

See more info about the work here.

  • Aiiroh - Street Love Box, 2018

Aiiroh - Street Love Box

A French contemporary artist, Aiiroh is widely known for his Pop Art inspired street art. Beginning his career with train graffiti, he began working as a stencil artist in 2000, inspired by the movement which he feels has a great poetic dimension. Adding a touch of optimism and color, he does not like to politicize his work too much.

In Street Art Box, Aiiroh reinterpreted Robert Indiana’s famous Love piece, adding his unique touch of vibrant colors. See more info about the work here.