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10 Witty Instagrammers Recreate Classical Art Pieces

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May 22, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

We are definitely living in the Instagram era! Aside from the fact that you can find some amazing art on the ever-growing social network, Instagrammers have taken the creativity to the next level by recreating the famous classical art pieces and making them closer to the younger generations and people who may not technically be classical art aficionados. These 10 Instagrammers use their wit and skills to produce stunning and humorous images that reflect on the traditionally serious artworks of the classical era. From Van Gogh to Michelangelo, these clever creative spirits are offering their views on the traditional pieces in a contemporary manner, through one of the largest social media platforms of today.

In addition to these creative people, Paris Musées has launched an online platform for people who enjoy and love art and chosen the witty Instagrammers who took it upon themselves to remake classical art pieces. They come from different spheres of the art world, and we will present their works, along with some additional ones already circulating the web.

Without further ado, here are the 10 Instagrammers who recreated the famous classical artworks.

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Tadao Cern - Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait 1889

Tadao Cern is an artist who describes himself as Nobody, but he nevertheless got the attention of the public by recreating Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait 1889, displayed at Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The original oil on canvas is considered to be van Gogh’s last self-portrait, but the art world is in the state of dispute about this claim. The famous portrait is one of his best, and maybe even the last one, which makes this recreation even more interesting to us.

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Joshua Louis Simon - Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles

Joshua Louis Simon has recreated the iconic painting by Vincent van Gogh that is located at Musée d’Orsay in Paris. There are three authentic versions of this painting, and they all depict the artist’s bedroom in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône in France, which is also known as the Yellow House. It was a trapezoid room with an acute angle on the right, but van Gogh simply decided not to bother too much about this when he was painting the masterpiece.

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Alexandre Mury - Quentin Matsys’ Ugly Duchess

The visual artist Alexandre Mury has recreated the famous Ugly Duchess painting by Quentin Matsys which is on display at Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris. The painting is also known as A Grotesque Old Woman which is the perfect title as the woman certainly does not represent a pleasant sight, at least not when it comes to usual norms of beauty. With her wrinkled skin and her withered breasts, the old woman is dressed unfashionably, obviously trying to hold on to her youth, but failing miserably. In her hand, she is holding a small red flower, a symbol of engagement, suggesting that she is trying to find herself a suitor.

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Pomverte - Amedeo Modigliani's Woman with Blue Eyes

The French blogger and Instagrammer Pomverte has recreated Amedeo Modigliani’s piece Woman with Blue Eyes. This expressionist portrait was executed in 1918 in Paris and is located at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian painter and sculptor known for his portraits and nudes characterized by elongated figures and faces. This style was not accepted well during his time, but later found recognition and made him one of the most influential painters known today. His oeuvre is consisted of paintings and drawings mainly, but he also spent a considerable amount of time creating sculptures.

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2Fik - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ Grande Odalisque

2Fik is an artist who hilariously remade the famous painting Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, located at Louvre, Paris. The original painting depicts an odalisque, a concubine if you will, and upon completion, it received a myriad of criticism, mainly because of the fact that the proportions of the body were elongated, and not realistically depicted. However, the resemblance is uncanny and hilarious.

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Diego Dayer - Manet’s Olympia

The Argentinian artist Diego Dayer has remade the famous Manet painting entitled Olympia, located at Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The original painting shows a nude woman reclining on a bed and having flowers brought to her by her black servant. At the time of creation, the painting was considered shocking, as a number of details on it indicate that the woman is, in fact, a prostitute.

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Gizem Karakas - Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass

The Turkish artist Gizem Karakas is one of the Instagrammers who recreated Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, located at Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Karakas is no stranger to recreating various artworks, as she became famous for her version of the iconic Andy Warhol video clip called Andy Warhol Eats a Burger. In Karakas’ rendition of the famous clip, she is both mocking and paying tribute to the Pop Art icon, and asserts herself as a true critic of today’s society and art world.

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Audrey Pirault - Francois Boucher's Portrait présumé de Marie-Emilie Baudouin, fille du peintre

Audrey Pirault is a gorgeous YouTuber and one of the Instagrammers who recreated famous works of art. Francois Boucher’s Portrait of Marie-Emilie Baudouin, the artist’s daughter is idyllic and classical, executed in his signature style of Rococo. The French artist was mostly known for his pastoral scenes and decorative allegories, and as one of the most celebrated painters and decorative artists in the 18th century. Boucher has also painted a number of portraits of Madame de Pompadour, his patroness. We think that Audrey Pirault did an amazing job with this recreation, capturing her witty spirit and the aesthetics of the great French master.

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Valentinerie - Antoine Bourdelle's Isadora

Valentin Chenalle aka Valentinerie is another Instagrammer who remade a classical art piece – the French photographer’s version of Antonine Bourdelle’s Isadora. Antoine Bourdelle was a French sculptor, painter, and teacher whose studio was made into an art museum dedicated to his oeuvre. He created sculptures of Beethoven and Gustave Eiffel, and was admired by the great Auguste Rodin, and became his assistant and a popular teacher who influenced many prominent artists.

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Valhery - Leon Bonnat's Portrait de Victor Hugo

The “Influencer from Paris”, Valhery recreated the famous Portrait of Victor Hugo by Léon Bonnat. Bonnat was a French painter who earned a medal of honor in Paris in 1869, and was one of the foremost artists of his time. He was the Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur and became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. His portraits and religious paintings are his most famous works, and the portrait of the French Romantic poet and novelist Victor Hugo inspired the Parisian Instagrammer to create his own rendition of the painting.