Jeff Wall

Wall is known for his mounted wall-hung light boxes with the physical presence of sculpture. Wall’s work has two different style going for fine art photography to documentary. Many of Walls images are staged and refer the the history of art and philosophical problems of representation. The painting Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez is considered as being a huge influence to Hunters work. The painting was based on a real situation however the actual painting itself is of a staged situation, influencing Wall’s work as he to works on bending the traditions of photography.

Jeff Wall, Picture for Women, 1979

Edouard Manet’s, Un Bar aux Folies-Bergères, 1882

Jeff Wall image source-http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/jeff-wall/room-guide/jeff-wall-room-1

Edouard Manet image source-http://www.wikiart.org/en/edouard-manet/a-bar-at-the-folies-bergere-1882-1

Its clear that Wall used Manets painting for inspiration for his own image. In Manet’s painting, the barmaid gazes out of the frame being observed by a man. And the whole scene is being reflected in the mirror behind the barmaid creating a complex viewpoint. You can see that Wall borrows the structure of the painting for his own image and adding his style and similarly reflecting the woman who has the absorbed gaze and posture of Manet’s barmaid in the mirror while Jeff pays the role of the man.

At fist glance Jeff’s images seem to appear to be snapshots but on a closer inspection the content sometimes seems too bizarre to be real like the iconic A sudden gust of wind, 1993 which plays homage the Hokusai’s Japanese.





Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter, The Vale of Rest, 2000

Sir John Everett Millais, The Vale of Rest, 1858

Tom Hunter image source-http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/247/

Millais image source-http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/millais-the-vale-of-rest-n01507

Similarly to Jeff Wall, Tom Hunter is also know for getting influence from paintings. For example his image The Vale of Rest, very clearly is influenced by Millais painting and Hunter accurately reflects things from the painting like the poisoning of his subjects to the tone of the image. Hunter adds his own style to the image making it more contemporary.