Imitation

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: pastiche, based on a painting
Related: reel, Photo Reference, fusion
See Also: fanart, List of Fanart Genres
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Some fanart intentionally references the style or content of a well known work of art. Popular paintings that inspire fanart include Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, Alexandre Cabanel's Fallen Angel, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's In Bed the Kiss. Commercial art such as film posters and album covers can also inspire fanart.

Many fanartists create pieces based on a painting not only to showcase their love for a character or story, but also to hone their technical skills and to practice different art styles.

In Harry Potter fandom this fanart genre was sometimes called imitation, though the nonfannish term for this type of art is pastiche. See Harry Potter examples: HP Fringeart and their gallery of 2006 Imitation challenge.

Examples

Norman Rockwell

Fanart based on works by American painter Norman Rockwell.

Leonardo da Vinci

Fanart based on works by Leonardo da Vinci, most commonly the Mona Lisa.

Maxfield Parrish

Fanart based on works by American painter Maxfield Parrish.

Henri Rousseau

Fanart based on works by French painter Henri Rousseau.

Rodin

Fanart based on works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The Birth of Venus

Fanart based on the painting The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.

The Kiss

Fanart based on the painting The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

The Pieta

Fanart based on a Christian art pietà, particularly Michelangelo's Pietà.

Venus de Milo

Fanart based on the ancient Greek sculpture the Venus de Milo.

Rokeby Venus

Olympia

Fanart based on the painting Olympia by Édouard Manet.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Fanart based on the woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.

American Gothic

Fanart based on the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Salvador Dalí

Fanart based on works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

Leyendecker

Fanart based on works by German-American illustrator J. C. Leyendecker.

Movie Posters

Album Art

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Fanart based on the cover art for The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Simon & Garfunkel

Fanart based on the cover art for albums by Simon & Garfunkel.

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