an experimental velázquez

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Here’s a work based on Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656), from the CAFA Experimental Art Department’s undergraduate student exhibition. Pretty funny, taking an architectural section of the work (cutting even through people!). But not getting how this is ‘experimental’.

Francis Bacon did his Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (based, as the title suggests, on a Velázquez work) in 1953. So congrats, kid at CAFA, you’ve graduated, but it’s not a novel idea. Artists copy masterworks all the time as learning exercises and sometimes they branch off and add their own style. Sure, some are more successful than others, but experimental? What does that even mean!?