The Masters as Sources of Inspiration
Throughout history, there are many such examples. http://flavorwire.com/293497/10-famous-artworks-inspired-by-other-famous-artworks/10 To talk of a few in the contemporary art world include Andy Warhol’s The Last Supper inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Liechtenstein’s 1992 painting Bedroom at Arles is a version of Van Gogh’s original from 1888.
Whether as parody or tribute, many artists have found inspiration in works that have come from others. Even the “Masters” as evidenced by Claude Monet’s Le dejeuner Sur l’herbe inspired by Edouard Manet’s Le de-jeuner sur l’herbs. There is a sculpture by Tobias Stengel called Die Woge located in Dresden which commemorates the flooding of the Elbe River in 2002 that is taken from a wood block print by Katsukisha Hokusai called The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
And so it goes…We go to museums to be in there presence of great art – to feel, to ponder, to think. Even if you are not an artist who creates actual paintings or photographs; you still come away inspired by the greatness that surrounds you. As artists we study color mixes and brush strokes of famous masters to learn and apply to our own works. We study the use of light and darks, the use of space, the use of different mediums… and then… We can’t wait to get back into our studios.