Then and Now: Luca Agnani Reimagines Van Gogh Paintings Through Animation

Luca Agnani’s work might remind you of the moving photographs and paintings in the Harry Potter world!

Video via Luca Agnani on YouTube

With the use of modern tools, namely 3D animation and visual mapping, Italian artist Luca Agnani breathes new life into the already impressive works of Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. His work, titled Van Gogh Shadow is a three minute-long montage of paintings backed by soothing instrumental music. It’s easy to see that a lot of work was put in its creation. Agnani, who spent between 24 and 48 hours working on each painting, explained part of the process to The Creators Project:

To calculate the exact shadows, I tried to understand the position of the sun relative to Arles at different times of the day and, according to my calculations, even the river [in The Langlois Bridge at Arles should flow in that direction. If the video was projected over his paintings, my interpretations would superimpose perfectly, like a mapping of a framework.

Some of the movements that the artist had applied included lights flickering, waves crashing ashore and the river flowing, boats sailing away, smoke wafting out of factory chimneys, people walking, and a blinking Van Gogh!

To spare us time from wracking our brains (or turning to Google!) trying to identify the paintings seen in the video, Agnani put up a list of those he had selected for inclusion. We’ve taken the liberty to look up photos of the paintings so you’ll see how they actually look like, if ever you haven’t seen any of them yet:

From top to bottom: Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries (1888), The Langlois Bridge at Arles (1888), Farmhouse in Provence (1888), The White House at Night (1890), Still Life (1889), Evening: The Watch (after Millet) (1889), View of Saintes-Maries (1888), The Bedroom (1888), Factories at Asnieres Seen (1887), Restaurant (1888), First Steps (after Millet) (1890), and Self-Portrait (1889). Photos via Wikipedia, Wikipaintings, and Web Museum, Paris.

All information in this article were sourced from Bored Panda and The Creators Project.

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written by chooolss on 2013-11-21 in #lifestyle #animation #paintings #van-gogh #luca-agnani #then-and-now #then-and-now-series

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