When Impressionists Copy from Photographs.

Neatorama reader aberron wrote:

I was surprised when I read this post from Neatorama and I went on with my own investigation.

Then I discovered that many impressionist artists used and copied photographs for their paintings. It was already known that photography inspired impressionists to capture the moment, but what we didn’t know until now is that some of the most famous paintings of Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec or Paul Gauguin were just a copy from an original photograph. Here you have some interesting examples.

Link - Thanks aberron!


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I didn't want to be critical, but I thought that people who were not artists or not familiar with artistic techniques might take it the wrong way, as if working from a preexisting image were inartistic in some way.
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Hi, gail. I'm the author of the post. You're right. Of course, it wasn't just a copy, the artists did their personal interpretation of the image. I just was trying to explain it in a easy way.
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I think "just a copy" is a bit of a misinterpretation. Whether an artist uses a photograph or a model the painting is still an original work of art. It's just based on another image -- like all representative works.
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