One of the most wonderful things about curating online art is the opportunity to make it accessible to everyone, not just the privileged few. Art doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful and it doesn’t have to be ‘one of a kind’ to be special. We believe every wall in Australia deserves beautiful art.
And while it’s wonderful to visit an art museum and appreciate the works of the masters, it’s also wonderful to come home and decorate your own four walls (or 10 walls as the case may be!).
That’s why, in the same way artists all over the world love to mimic their own favourite classic artists, we love to make inspired works available for all to enjoy. Below you will find 10 different ways you can style your space with works from our collection that are inspired by the masters: Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet and Dali just to name a few.
1. Inspired by van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
This Sunflowers print is a perfect piece for a rustic setting. While it captures a sense of Spring, it’s not about bouncy bright colours. The sunflowers are depicted in all their raw beauty from full bloom to a wilted dying state. It celebrates all the phases of life. Vincent van Gogh created his own series of the Sunflower print. He didn’t like parting with his print and we can understand why!
“Now that I hope to live with Gauguin in a studio of our own, I want to make decorations for the studio. Nothing but big flowers.” – Vincent van Goh
2. Inspired by Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’
French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926) created a series of approximately 250 oil paintings we refer to as Water Lilies. The paintings were of his flower garden and clearly he was obsessed with this subject. As are we which is why this Water Lilies print is a favourite in our Impressionist Collection.
3. In the style of Claude Monet’s ‘Poppy Field’
Like the Monet original, poppies are the feature of this Poppy Field print. This artist has captured the same strong sense of movement of the poppies in the field. Rather than a landscape, it’s the impression of a landscape. The poppies seem ‘unreal’ yet we know what they are. This beautiful print will brighten and add sophistication to a well appointed living area.
4. Inspired by Hokusia’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’
The Great Wave is inspired by a woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock paintings that were prolific in Japan from the 1600s to the 1800s. Today, his print remains one of the best recognised works of Japanese art in the world. This Great Wave print below is a pop art tribute to the master, a wonderful addition to a family area, boys room or man cave.
5. A modern take on Magritte’s ‘The Son of Man’
Get funky with New Man, a modern take on ‘The Son Of Man’ by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Part of our Surrealism Collection, this print takes the 1964 original into the 21st Century. Who is hidden behind the face? This will spark a conversation with all who visit your home. Question marks abound!
6. A monochrome version of da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’
You can bring one of the world’s most studied and scrutinised paintings home and give it pride of place in your own dining hall. This monochrome version of Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century mural painting gives an old classic a new edge, ideal for those starting off on their own spiritual journey.
7. Inspired by Klimt’s ‘The Woman in Gold’
We love our Lady In Gold print, a piece of wall art that will give life to a library, reading nook or sitting room. The original ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ or ‘The Woman in Gold’ by Gustav Klimt is made with oil and gold on canvas – a luxury few of us can afford! The original sold for US$135 million in June 2006. Our lady you can, of course, enjoy in your own home for significantly less!
8. Inspired by Dalí’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’
Given the likeness is so close to the original, this is a personal favourite of mine. Surrealism at its finest, Salvador Dalí’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ has a lot to say. Greek mythology tells the story of Narcissus falling in love with his own reflection in a pool. Dali wrote a poem to accompany the image. Here’s an excerpt below:
“the veils of winter having disappeared,
he has newly discovered
the lightning flash
of his faithful image.”
– Salvador Dalí
You can purchase our popular Dali inspired print Narcissus Reborn online.
9. In the style of Cezanne’s ‘La Montagne Sainte-Victoire’
The Mountains In Autumn is a popular purchase and it’s interesting to note the artist was clearly inspired by French painter Paul Cézanne. This print features richer earthier colours, perhaps a closer depiction of an Australian landscape than a European one. This print will certainly add colour, class and warmth to a living or dining space.
10. Inspired by Chagall’s ‘I And The Village’
So much awesome right here! Bring a children’s room to life (or even your own!) with this happy, bright, fun modern print. This The Village Church print is clearly inspired by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall’s 1911 painting ‘I and the Village’, but has a life of its own with a sense of fun and brightness the original can’t lay claim to. That said, Chagall’s daringly whimsical style was groundbreaking and we love everything he’s done to inspire artists to follow!
As you can see, art inspired by the old masters pays hommage to a bygone era while bringing it firmly back for all of us to enjoy today. As you browse through our art collection online, see if you can spot any other art museum inspired works. It’s all part of educating each other about the wonder of art. Enjoy!