Updated: May 14
The creative challenge returned! With our students back online due to COVID-19, Mrs. Nelson once again presented the Getty Art Museum challenge: recreate an art masterpiece using things they found at home. The Junior High art students once again rose to the challenge, and here are the amazing results. Click on the images to enlarge them.
Recreated by Polina R.
Created during his Rose Period, Picasso's Girl on a Ball is a depiction of travelling circus performers. The contrast of the size of the two performers is deliberate, with the girl representing "transient dreams" and the man as protection from "cruel reality". "[The painting] was done because circuses were a really big thing back then and he wanted to show what it was like." PR
Recreated by Elena P.
This masterpiece is one of five oil paintings of Napoleon on horseback created by Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805 that were commissioned by the King of Spain. It is one of the most recognizable reproductions of Napoleon. "[It is considered a great piece of art] because in 1800, Napoleon's forces trekked through the alps for a surprise attack." EP
Recreated by Tristan W. A renowned Mexican painter in the early 20th century, Diego Rivera's large fresco paintings paved the way to establish the Mexican Muralism movement in the 1920s. Rivera painted murals in both Mexico and the United States, and the Government of Mexico declared his works as national monuments. "People like it, and it has been saved because people like the message that it gives out. It's also a really well done piece of art and almost in a way feels like you are standing next to those people." TW
Recreated by Kim and Nicole M.
American artist, Mary Cassatt spent most of her years in France. Friends with Edgar Degas, Cassatt regularly exhibited her works with the Impressionists. The two women in this picture carry a fascination with what they are looking at and the detail in the way their hands rest/are placed." K & NM
Recreated by Paulo B-F. A "resquiescat" is a prayer for the dead, from the Latin "resquiescat in pace" or more commonly known as "rest in peace" (RIP). One of the foremost Victorian animal painters, Briton Rivière was a British painter and art teacher at Oxford University. "One reason it is considered a great piece of art is because it was made by a famous artist. Another is that the colors did not spill onto each other and the painting almost looks like a photo. A last reason is because it has great detail in the background making it nice to look at." PBF
Recreated by Olivia L.
John William Waterhouse was known for his paintings of women from Greek mythology and from Arthurian legends. He was inspired by authors such as Shakespeare and Keats. "This artwork is considered a great piece of art because it reflects the influence of the Italian Renaissance style of art as opposed to Gothic styles that were more popular at the time. It is also very consistent with the rest of Waterhouse’s pieces with its vertical and horizontal lines." OL
Recreated by Nnamdi O.
A French portrait painter, Jean-Baptiste Greuze struggled to be seen outside of the genre which brought him acclaim. He died in poverty, however is referenced in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story, The Valley of Fear to showcase Moriarty's wealth despite his small academic salary. "Its development was influenced by Dutch cabinet painting and the imagery of the laundress made popular through a literary style known as genre poissard [fr]. The prime version of The Laundress was one of fourteen works exhibited by Greuze at the Salon of 1761 and was part of the collection of Greuze's patron, Ange Laurent Lalive de Jully." NO
Recreated by Christine S. In this self portrait, the symbolism of the egg on the table versus the painted bird is symbolic of Magritte painting the "possibility of the future." Magritte's surrealist art influenced many others including Andy Warhol. "La Clairvoyance is actually a self-portrait. Rene Magritte painted himself into his already complicated art piece. The irony of drawing something that’s not yet to be is an impressive concept by itself, too." CS
Recreated by Ben S.
Famed Montana landscape painter from the late 19th century, DeCamp was also a photographer. "His paintings were famous because he was one of the first painters to capture the Montana landscape. This painting is a great piece of art, because even though the artist was famous and sold lots of paintings, this one was so personal and special to him and that never sold it. The painting is of his son Renan, and dog Reo." BS
Recreated by Marino G.
16th century Italian mannerist painter, Passarotti influenced many Bolognese artists. In turn, these artists were included in the growth of the Baroque period. Three of his sons became painters. After his return to Bologna from Rome in 1560, Passarotti created a museum filled with small antiquities that became popular with tourists in Bologna.
Recreated by Michaella P.
The Old Guitarist is considered the most iconic painting of Picasso's "Blue" period, a time when he was struggling with emotional issues and living in poverty. It was also painted after the suicide of his close friend, Casagemas. "This artwork is considered to be a great piece of art because of the meaning behind it. It’s of an old man playing a guitar in the streets of Barcelona and he said that it’s him describing sorrow and grief." MP
Recreated by Jaron N.
This painting was inspired during Picasso's trip to Spain. Another claim to fame to The Old Guitarist is the ghostly image of a woman painted underneath... "This artwork expertly uses colour to express the emotion of a sad man who only has his guitar left." JN
Recreated by Leon VR.
With an almost monochromatic colour scheme, The Old Guitarist follows the theme of desolation and tragedy that is seen in the other paintings that are part of his "Blue" period. "This artwork is such a great piece of art because it was painted during Picasso’s blue period and represents a ton of sorrow and grief. It is also represents Picasso's criticism of society." LVR
Recreated by Taylor K.
Painted on a walnut wood panel, this portrait of the mistress of the Duke of Milan is one of four surviving female portraits by Da Vinci. It is displayed in the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow, Poland. "The white ferret had been her companion for 18 years and was nicknamed 'the white ermine'. It was bought by prince Adam Czartoryski. He bought it for his mother who founded the Czartoryski Museum."
Recreated by Lauren M.
A painting of Mrs. Monet and their son, his goal was to create a casual outdoor painting rather than a formal portrait. "I think this piece is considered great because it is painted in the ever popular Impressionist style. I also think that the way it combines both a portrait and a landscape painting make it very interesting. Additionally, the colours are appealing." LM
Recreated by Izzy B. A British painter and sculptor, Leighton focused on Biblical and classical subject matters, using the academic style. Associated with the pre-Raphaelites, Leighton was the president of the Royal Academy in England from 1878-96. He designed author Robert Browning's tomb for his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. "[This work of art is great] because it’s an unconventional take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Most paintings of this couple are either of Orpheus leading Eurydice out of Hades or of Eurydice falling back into Hades after Orpheus turned around, whereas this one captures the essence of the moment right after Orpheus turns." IB
Recreated by Rosie B.
The Gothic style architecture of the Dibble house in Iowa was the inspiration for Wood's iconic painting. The models were Wood's dentist, and his sister, Nan. "[This is a great piece of art because] it rejected European modernist influences." RB
Recreated by Quintus M.
Despite common thought, the image is actually meant to be father and daughter, not husband and wife. "When it was first released many people thought it was a joke. The painting was made during the Depression and many artists were painting scenes of rural America during that time." QM
Recreated by Amy M.
Wood taught painting at the University of Iowa for 7 years. In 2009, Wood was posthumously given the prestigious Iowa prize. "Apparently people thought this painting was a joke and it was just a painting of a couple that were farmers." AM
Recreated by Peyton K.
American Gothic is one of the most familiar pieces of 20th century art, and is often used in parodies. "Most people think it is a good painting because they don't really know what's going on." PK
Recreated by Hannah K. Once he had graduated from high school, Wood enrolled in The Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis - an art school that was run entirely by women. He first worked with metal, and eventually as a silversmith. This painting was inspired by the Great Depression. Grant Wood and a bunch of other artists were inspired by the Great Depression so many paintings around 1930 are based on that."
Recreated by Josh D.
A professional artist since the 1970s, Susan Blackwood began working with watercolours and soon moved to oil painting. She has also taught art internationally, including pencil, ink watercolour and oil painting classes. "I think it is a great piece of art because it looks really detailed and it reminds me of when I was young." JD
Recreated by Julian I.
The bowler hat feature appeared in many of Magritte's paintings. It holds similarities to his famous Son of Man.
"This is considered to be a great piece of art because it looks as if Rene took a photo the instant the dove flew through the photo." JI
Recreated by Jack C. With the full title of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle, it is a painting of a Scottish social critic and historian. Arrangement No. 1 is the famous painting of Whistler's Mother. "It’s a great painting because it has good shadow spots. The painting has great attention to detail." JC
Recreated by Evan N. This painting, most commonly known as Whistler's Mother has been described as an American icon, and is one of the most famous paintings by an American artist. It was almost rejected by the Royal Academy, which in turn caused tensions between Whistler and the British art culture. "It is a great piece of art because of the artist’s radical tone of modulating tones of single colours." EN
Recreated by Ellie & Felix N.
Nini Lopez is the model in this painting, and is featured in 14 of Renoir's works. It was one of the earliest Impressionist paintings to be shown in England. "It is considered a great piece of art because the subject matter is complex, and that helped to establish Renoir's reputation. La Loge was Renoir's exhibit in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 in Paris." EN
Recreated by Helen H.
Dutch Golden Age painter, Gerrit Dou was known for genre scenes, and using candlelight night-scenes in his art. He is a student of Rembrandt. "The use of bold color and overall ambience of the art piece is what makes it so great. It sets a fantastic tone, and the use of small details without overfilling the painting also adds to its unique subject of someone studying intensely." HH
Recreated by Kevin L. Painted in 1928, the "lovers" in this image have their faces hidden by veils, giving the image an element of mystery. One of the interpretations is the idea that we are unable to truly unveil the true nature even of those we are most intimate with. "[This is a great work of art] because there's a lot of backstory and meaning behind this piece."
Recreated by Ben P.
Painted in 1918 by famed Jewish Italian artist, Modigliani, there is a current court case around the ownership of the painting, as it was stolen from Jewish art dealer, Oscar Stettiner by the Nazis during World War II. New evidence came to light in 2020 that indeed confirmed this fact. From 1909 to 1914, Modigliani was focused on sculpture over painting. "It is an accurate yet creative painting and shows that oil paintings can look great." BP
Recreated by Camila R-B. Stanisław Wyspiański was a Polish painter, as well as a poet and playwright. He was a huge advocate for the Young Poland movement in the late 1800s, with his plays following their artistic philosophy. "The portrait of a seven-year-old daughter moving her finger across a vase standing on the table is an outstanding psychological portrait of a child. Capturing the moment: Helenka, who is absent with thoughts, immersed in herself, intensifies the framing of the picture, based on patterns taken from the paintings of Paul Gauguin." CRB
Recreated by Averi B.
Chris Butler is a current artist who focuses on creating digital paintings in bold colours. He frequently works with animal images. "[This is a great work of art because of] the bold colours and hundreds of digital paintings." AB
Recreated by Anelia M.
Diego Rivera was the husband of famed artist, Frida Kahlo. The Flower Vendor is one of a series of paintings with this theme from 1925 to the 1940s. "The flowers represent the upper classes dominating the lower ones. The Flower Vendor is one of several pieces by Diego Rivera, and is a great piece of art because it reflects peoples suffering through art, and it’s great that Diego brought up this concern through his painting. It’s very symbolic and depicts the contributions of children and adults in Mexico." AM
Recreated by Ali J.
Created in 1962, this piece is actually a linocut. The Spanish painter was also a sculptor, a theatre designer and a printmaker. He is the co-founder of the Cubist movement. "It is considered to be a great piece of art because of its abstract and bright colours and the fact it was very out of place for its time period." AJ
Recreated by Andrei P.
In his lifetime, Dutch post-Impressionist painter, Van Gogh painted upwards of 36 self portraits. The only artist to have done more is Rembrandt. As a young man, he spent time as a Protestant missionary. "[It was a great work of art because] it was his self-portrait and many of his paintings are incredible so it is interesting to see how he painted himself." AP
Recreated by Alex K.
This Venetian Renaissance painter was also known as Titian. He is considered one of the founders of the Venetian School of Renaissance Painting in the 16th century. "This artwork is considered a great piece of art because, not only was this painting a precursor to the Italian Renaissance, Titian was able to capture texture in his artwork by using thick and thin layers of paint." AK
Recreated by Yutian Y.
In a period of 10 years, Van Gogh created over 2000 paintings. He worked as an art dealer when he was a young man. "This art is considered to be a great piece of art because it is painted by famous artist Vincent Van Gogh." YY
Recreated by Oranye E.
This particular piece by Van Gogh is seen as the start of his declining mental state. The event that is depicted in this painting was also the event that ended his working and personal relationship with Paul Gauguin. "Its creator was Vincent Van Gogh, a widely recognized artist whose rise to fame came long after his death." OE
Recreated by Alex M. While the painting depicts that his right ear is damaged, in reality it was his left ear that had been mutilated. He had been living in the Yellow House in Arles, France at the time. Within a few weeks, a petition signed by 30 neighbours led to the local authorities having him committed to Arles Hospital. "[It's a great work of art because of] the level of skill it took to do all those small brush strokes and make it look good." AM
Recreated by Peyton Y.
There is the suggestion that the unusual "head" of the screaming figure was inspired by Peruvian mummy, who was also inspiration for many of his friend Paul Gauguin's works. A Norwegian painter, Munch was fearful of inheriting a mental illness that ran in his family. He was encouraged by his friend, writer Hans Jæger, to paint his own mental/psychological state. "It is considered a great piece of art because it represents a modern man facing an existential crisis. It inspired the movement of art to create pieces that are expressing something." PY
Recreated by Payton R.
There are four versions of this iconic expressionist painting. Two versions are in oil paint, and two are done with pastels. There is also a lithograph stone version. Its original German title was The Scream of Nature. "This artwork represents things Munch dealt with during his life. It has a lot of meanings behind it and it makes it special." PR
Recreated by Addison T.
Inspired by a blood orange red sunset while walking in Oslo, there are various theories around the unnatural colouring of the sky including the effects of a volcanic eruption.
"It symbolizes the troubled times in Edvard Munch’s life, and how he tried to explain his experience through his paintings. He had anxiety and fear one day on a walk with some friends, and then he painted this artwork because of that experience, and others in his past." AT
Recreated by Ethan L.
Van Gogh's dream was to start an artist's colony, and began by finding a house in Arles to set up his studio. Gauguin joined him, however found it difficult living with Van Gogh's mercurial temperament. It was his announcement that he was leaving that triggered the events regarding Van Gogh's ear. "It was a blend of colours, and is considered a very good piece of art because it was an obvious self-portrait." EL
Recreated by Priya G.
The Son of Man is considered a self portrait of the artist, and is Magritte's most well-known painting. Many of his paintings follow the theme of "hiding" and what is hidden inside us. "It is perhaps his best-known artwork. Magritte painted it as a self-portrait. About the painting, Magritte said: 'At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person.'" PG
Recreated by Jeremy A.
"Part of the reason this painting is famous is because of the bizarreness, but also the simplistic and ambiguous nature of the painting that leaves it to the viewer to interpret it. If you look closely as well, you will see that his left elbow is inside out as well. Even as bizarre as that is, people think there is a hidden meaning behind it such as the left arm does not know what the right arm is doing." JA
Recreated by Jesse C. Ducreux was the court appointed painter for King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Once the French Revolution hit, he was forced to find new patrons. In this self-portrait, he is interacting with the "audience" which was unique for the time.
Recreated by Muna I-P.
The Mona Lisa is considered the masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance period. It is perhaps the most famous painting in the world and holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation. "I chose this artwork because it is a famous art piece known all around the world." MIP
Recreated by Jana Z.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is frequently listed as number 1 in various lists of the most famous paintings in existence. The identity behind the model still remains a mystery, with many theories in play. "[It is a great work of art] because of the many chance circumstances in the painting and its inherent appeal." JZ
Recreated by Abi A. This piece by Picasso was painted at the start of his "Blue" period. Jaime Sabartés was a Catalan Spanish poet and writer who was a close friend of Picasso and later became his secretary. Born in the same year, they met when studying at the Llotja art school of Barcelona. "It shows so much sorrow and pain in such a great way. Also it shows so much emotion in just a simple painting of a guy drinking something." AA
Recreated by Justine H. In the timeframe of six years, Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun painted more than 30 paintings of Queen Marie Antoinette. She was known as the most important portrait painter of the18th century. As a friend of the queen, she was invited to join the Académie Royale, whose membership was comprised mostly of men. "This artwork is considered a great piece of art because it showed the power of the women because at that time, women didn't really have any education in art at all so it is one of the rare paintings done by a woman. The painting has lots of emotion such as freedom and intelligence of care and it also shows who she was. She showed that she was a painter with the paintbrushes in her hand, but she also showed that she was a woman which showed that she had a dangerous life, she was still able to juggle who she was which shows other women what they can do even with a limited amount of rights. Woman who really wanted to paint at that time period had to go through certain things and this shows that she must have had to do many tasks in order to be a painter." JH
Recreated by Andy D.
Born in 1914, Austrian painter Hausner is described as the first "psychoanalytical painter." A surrealist artist, he co-founded the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism in 1956. "What I think is interesting about this piece of art is that the art is realistic and a little bit fantasy (a little weird). I think that this piece of art is great because it happened after WWII and a lot of sad stuff happened back then." AD
Recreated by Kaitlyn B. Hausner's painting, Roter Narrenhut is almost a mirror image of Gelbert Narrenhut with a red hat on the model's head. His art focused distorted figures in landscape or architectural scenes, and on symbols and specific objects, one of which is the recurring image of Adam from the Bible. "This artist and this piece of art is considered to be great because of the artist's style of realism expression paintings." KB
Recreated by Emeline H.
Beard was an American artist who primarily painted animals in a humorous and satirical manner, often giving them human expression.
"He painted this shortly before his death trying to show that death comes for the most powerful person or animal/ beast. Death is inevitable and we all end the same, what matters is what impact you made on other people in your life and the quality of life you lived." EH.
Recreated by Angelina J.
In 1941, when this painting was created, Kahlo had just lost her father, and had begun to experience physical suffering. Her pets were what comforted her. The painting represents the peace that she could find amid the dramas she was living through. "This is considered a great piece because of the detail and how beautifully she made the piece look real." AJ
Recreated by Ally G. Waterhouse first started out in the Academic style, then moved to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood style. His paintings were inspired by ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legends. The Lady of Shallot represents the ending of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous 1832 poem. "This painting is based off of the story which is based off of a poem. It is probably one of John William Waterhouse’s most famous paintings." AG
Recreated by Jonathan K.
Born in England in 1723, Sir Joshua Reynolds was considered a major European painter in the 18th century. He was the first president, and one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Arts. "I consider this piece of art great because the complexity of having to paint the tartans and the background would probably be hard. I also think that this painting is great because of how real it looks." JK
Recreated by Joy H.
Also known as Sorrowing Old Man, this painting was completed while Van Gogh was convalescing from a health relapse two months before his death. It is based on his pencil drawing, Worn Out, from a series done on war veteran Adrianus Jacobus. "This piece is considered to be a great piece of art because if having a movie based around the painting doesn't say enough about the awesomeness other things like the work would convey an image of total despair had it not been for the English title Van Gogh gave it, At Eternity's Gate. It demonstrates that even in his deepest moments of sorrow and pain, Van Gogh clung to a faith in God and eternity, which he tried to express in his work." JH
Recreated by Sofia DM.
One of the foremost figures in surrealism, Magritte's portrait of Stephy Langui is also known as Portrait of a Woman. Stephy Langui was the wife of Emile Langui, an art curator and socialist who fought to free Belgium from the Nazi regime. He was also dedicated to repatriating Belgium artworks stolen during WWII. "[This is a great work of art] mostly because of the artist. This painting is well known but instead of doing a normal portrait of Stephane Langui, he took a turn and made it more his style. Rene has also made many other famous art works such as The Son of Man." SDM
Recreated by Unashe D.
The famous 15th century mural is located in the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy. The painting was commissioned by da Vinci's patron, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. Despite many restoration attempts over the years, very little of the original painting still exists. It is considered one of the most recognizable paintings in the Western world. "It portrays Jesus and the twelve apostles. It is the world’s most recognizable paintings." UD
Recreated by Annika and Leila J.
In 1892, Impressionist painter, Renoir, was invited to create a painting for the Musée du Luxembourg by the French government. Renoir painted three other oil variations of this painting, as well as two sketches. "It is considered a great piece of art because the brush strokes are very thin and the variety of colours make the scene more engaging. It is painted in an impressionist style that requires technical skill. He also painted this on five different canvases, which would be very difficult to make them all look the same." AJ
Recreated by Alina K. Belgian surrealist artist Magritte's works were heavily influenced by a tragedy in his childhood. Having seen his mother pulled from the river and her face covered, many of his paintings include people with cloth obscuring their faces. His original paintings were more Impressionistic in style, however upon seeing the surrealist painting The Song of Love by Giorgio de Chirico, Magritte found new inspiration. "This artwork is considered a great piece of art because it is very thought provoking. Moreover, Rene Magritte used a very straightforward technique in paintings that didn’t go with the modern way of painting." AK
Recreated by Jayden K.
Bortero is a Colombian figurative artist known for depicting individuals in large, exaggerated shapes. Considered the most recognized living artist from Latin America, Bortero is also a sculptor. "[It's a great work] because it reflects someone who was well known, and how they died." JK
Recreated by Kamsi O.
Cowper not only worked in oil and watercolours, he also worked as a book illustrator. He was also a contributor to a mural in the Houses of Parliament in England. He is described as the "last of the Pre-Raphaelites." "One thing about this artwork that makes it great is the symbolism that Cowper clearly thought deeply about. One symbol that stood out to observers was the mirror in the model’s hand, this mirror can be symbolic of pride or vanity so he surely incorporated this symbol wisely." KO
Recreated by Avary N.
An Italian painter of the Renaissance Venetian school, Catena is also known as Vincenzo de Biagio. Born in 1480, there is little known about Catena's early years. There are only a dozen Catena signed paintings in existence, with one in the church of Santa Maria Mater Domini in Venice, Italy. "In my opinion, I consider this a great piece of art because of the significance in the story behind it. Holofernes was a general that was going to destroy Judith’s home: the city of Bethulia. She decapitated him while he was passed out because of drunkenness. I find this story intriguing and interesting to base a painting off of. It is unique and artwork needs uniqueness in order to be truly remembered and enjoyed." AN
Recreated by Julia X.
Kahlo created this particular painting after divorcing her husband, however when the painting was finished, they reconciled. The painting is also known as Diego in my Thoughts or Thinking of Diego. She is depicted wearing the traditional Mexican Tehuana costume. "Frida is famous for her self portrait as and this piece of artwork is a great example of the symbolic elements she puts in her art. It represents the life events that she is experiencing at the moment." JX
Recreated by Summer B.
Cassatt was an Impressionist painter and printmaker. Her art tended to focus on the lives of women, and the bond between mother and child. In 1973, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in New York City. "Mary Cassatt painted many paintings of children dressing up and enjoying themselves but in this one the child was not enjoying herself." SB
Recreated by Kirah A.
A leading Impressionist painter, Renoir was inspired by fellow artists Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet. Julie Manet was the neice of Edouard. Having known the Manet family for years, Renoir agreed to Berthe and Eugène's commission and painted their daughter. "It is considered a great piece of art because of all the detail shown within it. While I was recreating this piece I found it difficult to recreate all the details, especially for the background. It is also considered a great piece of art because Renoir painted this painting for a rich family. He knew this family and was asked to paint a portrait of their daughter, Julie. However, one person did not like the painting because of how round Julie's face was and many people did not like the bright colours he used." KA
Recreated by Yevedzo M.
A French academic painter, Perrault's most famous painting is of a shipwrecked boy (Le Petit Naufragé). He is known for his many paintings of children. "This painting is considered a great piece of art because it was painted by an amazing artist, who particularly specified and enjoyed painting children. By looking at this photo, it is clear to see his talent. “The Tambourine Girl” is lovely because the young girl painted is simply beautiful. I personally love the design of her clothing, and although it is one of Perrault’s less known pieces, it definitely is a work of art." YM
Recreated by Vivien S.
Italian Baroque artist Sassoferrato's works were primarily made for private patrons, however his La Madonna del Rosario is the altarpiece in the Basillica di Santa Sabina in Rome. "This artwork is considered a great piece of art because it resembles a gesture of prayer and God, and many individuals love the idea of that. In addition, it holds a significant amount of importance because Jesus is sitting on the lap of
Mary, who is the woman in the painting." VS
Recreated by Stephanie Y. Born in 1805, Winterhalter was a German painter and lithographer whose subjects included royalty and upper-class society. He used these commissions as a temporary intermission to his own work, however, due to his appointment as the court painter for Louis-Phillipe, King of France, and his connection to royalty, critics dismissed him as a serious painter. As a consequence, for the rest of his life he worked almost exclusively on commissions as a portrait painter. "The beauty of the princess was captured so well, the lighting, the shadow, creamy skin. Everything is pretty about this painting, the actual princess herself is really cool." SY
Recreated by Angelica BF
One of the most famous Impressionist painters, Monet is famous for his images of water lilies, a series of paintings that he spent 20 years of his life working on. The term "Impressionism" comes from the title of one of Monet's works: Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise). "It was painted by Claude Monet and is of his first wife who passed away. He uses realism and shadows to make it realistic." ABF
Recreated by Samantha F.
Camille was the model for a number of Monet's paintings including The Woman in the Green Dress, Woman in the Garden and On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt. Camille died of cancer at the age of 32. They had two sons together. "I think it’s considered a great piece of art because of the way the painter captured the person's expression of anguish in the painting. Also because of the shades of light and dark on the fabric of the clothes." SF
Recreated by Abby J.
Born in 1609, Dutch Golden Age painter, Leyster, was speculated to have started painting in order to help support her family after her father went bankrupt. She was one of the first women to join the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke. "There are lots of little details and it seems like a warning to people to not be foolish." AJ
Recreated by Ainsley G.
This particular painting from 1884 was created during Renoir's "rejection of Impressionism" period. In the early 1880s, Renoir travelled to Italy and discovered Raphael's art, and classicism. His works from 1883 and 1884 are classified as the "Ingres" period - the harsh or dry period. "[This artwork is considered a great piece] because of its great use of lighting and colour." AG
Recreated by Ava P.
Le Brun was an 18th century portrait painter in France with elements of Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Having created over 650 portraits and 200 landscapes, Le Brun began doing portraits for the aristocracy at age 15. "This artwork depicts a wealthy and influential woman and was painted by the most important female artist in France at the time. It is a captivating painting which gives us a glance into what daily life and fashion would have been like for a wealthy woman living in France in the 1800’s." AP
Recreated by Abby R. Polish artist Władysław T. Benda was a painter, illustrator and designer. Primarily a graphic artist, Benda illustrated books, short stories, magazine covers and advertising copy. During his time, he was as well known as artists Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. He also had success as a mask maker and costume designer in New York City, and created masks for stage productions for famous writers such as Eugene O'Neill and Noel Coward. "I think it's a great piece of art because it was executed very nicely. The colours are very well blended and provide a nice contrast." AR
Recreated by Alexis P.
In her later years, Frida Kahlo was in chronic pain from an injury that had compounded after her back was impaled during a bus accident when she was a teenager. During this time, she was confined to her home and bedridden. The leaves represent life, while her thoughts linger on death. "[This artwork is considered a great piece] because it makes people think about her situation and to some it is just beautiful." AP
Recreated by Isadora F.
A French painter with a late-Rococo style, Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings. Due to the French Revolution and the execution of many of his patrons, Fragonard left Paris, and died in 1806, almost completely forgotten. "I think that this (and many more of Fragonard’s artworks) are considered to be great because they all convey an emotion. Whether it be through the title, backstory, colours, or the image itself many people feel drawn to artwork that makes them feel something. For example, when I look at this painting I feel a sense of calm or tranquility as well as joy and a bit of bittersweet-ness when I learned that the girl in his painting was his daughter and that she modelled for him quite a lot and he saw her growing up through his artworks." IF
Recreated by Caleb J. Dutch Baroque artist, Vermeer, was known for his recreation of scenes from middle-class life. He was an avid art collector and dealer, and is now considered one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age despite falling into obscurity after his death. His similar work, The Geographer, is said to portray the same man, and the canvas was cut from the same cloth as The Astronomer. "It is a very detailed oil painting on canvas, and is worth about $40 million dollars." CJ
Recreated by Joel E.
An English portrait and landscape painter, Gainsborough was the originator of the 18th century British Landscape School. The Blue Boy is possibly a portrait of the son of a wealthy hardware merchant: Jonathan Buttle. The life-sized oil painting is Gainsborough's most famous work. "The color and thought out brush strokes made it a loved picture." JE
Recreated by Krystel C.
A portrait of Parisian actress Jeanne Demarsy as the embodiment of "spring", Manet's painting debuted at the 1882 Paris Salon. It was his first success at the Salon, with many paintings rejected or criticized in earlier years. He died one year later. "The artwork is considered a great piece of art because when it debuted in 1882, it was a huge success. It was also because it became the first piece or art to ever be published in colour." KC
Recreated by Andrew T. Born in 1831, John George Brown started as an apprentice glass worker at the age of 14. His father-in-law eventually encouraged him to pursue painting, and was the president of the Water-Colour Society from 1887 to 1904. Famous for painting "street urchins", Brown claimed that many of his subjects went on to become successful businessmen. "This is considered a great piece of art because it shows what it was like to be a shoe shiner in the old days and it also has lots of depth and texture." AT