Artist Vik Muniz has an incredible talent. By taking printed matter like news magazines, advertising campaigns, and comic books, he can create masterpieces (literally). The Rio de Janerio and New York artist uses these raw materials to meticulously recreate some of the most famous paintings in history. He uses thousands of irregularly-sized strips of paper and assembles them into one cohesive image.
The recomposed collages look like paintings. The ripped, irregular edges almost resemble brush strokes. These finished products look almost as good as the original artworks. You need to check this out for yourself.
Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh.
Wanderer Above the Sea of Media by Caspar David Friedrich.
Floor scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte.
Bar at Folies Bergeres by Edouard Manet.
After the Bath by Edgar Degas.
The Absinthe Drinker by Edgar Degas.
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
Summer in the City by Edward Hopper.
Siesta by Pierre Bonnard.
(H/T: My Modern Met)
Simply stunning. It”s hard enough to paint, but to imitate perfect paintings? I can”t even imagine the time that this takes.
If you were intrigued by Vik”s work, check out the other amazing materials on his website. You”re bound to find a few more paintings that will tear you to pieces.