Abandoned Paintings by Bence Hajdu Remove People From Famous Art

By: Nikki Taylor - Published: Oct 6, 2012 • References: designboom & designtaxi
Bence Hajdu takes internationally famous paintings from revered artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli, and removes all visible characters to create a series of abandoned paintings.

Hajdu wanted to get down to the bare bones of the portraits. He took away all of the noise created by the images of people sitting, standing or fishing, and left just the structures of the buildings or landscapes. The result is a bare image, where the focal point is the artistry of the background. The space in which the characters dwell often goes unnoticed by the public, and he wanted to address this directly.

The abandoned paintings breathe new life into classic illustrations. For instance, with Claude Lorrain's 'Seaport with the Embarkation of St. Ursula,' without the presence of the crowd, viewers are able to marvel at the strokes of the brush to create the water and the picturesque scene before them.

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