How Bathrooms From 6 Famous Paintings Would Look Like Today

updated Apr 24, 2021
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The notion that “life imitates art” has been taken both figuratively and literally in a new bathroom project from a supplier based in the United Kingdom. Bathrooms are often considered places of quiet sanctuary and rest — rooms to unwind in, perhaps with a bath, after a long day. QS Supplies could attest to this sentiment, indeed. The bathroom supplier paid homage to some of the fine artists who have found inspiration in the bathroom for an imaginative new project. From expressionism to pop art artworks, the supplier recreated renderings of bathrooms from six famous paintings to imagine how they might look today.

For those with bathroom renovation projects on the horizon, perhaps Edvard Munch, Carl Larsson, or Roy Lichtenstein could provide some unlikely design inspiration. Check out the animated bathroom renderings below.

Perkins Harnly — “Bathroom” (1935)

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American painter Perkins Harnly (1901-1986) was best known for his Victorian interiors, and QS Supplies’s rendering of “Bathroom” (watercolor and graphite on paper), courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, remains true to the era. Details include the wood panels, Chinese-style folding screen divider, brocade wallpaper, and crown molding.

Fernando Botero — “The Bathroom” (1995)

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Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero’s (b. 1932) signature style, coined Boterismo, depicts figures in exaggerated volumes and contains bright color palettes. Details of the rendering of Botero’s “The Bathroom” (oil on canvas), courtesy of Christie’s, include a free-standing bath, bright green walls, a yellow rug, and tiles.

Roy Lichtenstein — “Bathroom” (1961)

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American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was a leading figure in the pop art movement along the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and more. Details of the rendering of Lichtenstein’s “Bathroom” (oil on canvas), courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art, include industrial features — such as exposed pipes and repetitive tiles — and a monochromatic color scheme. 

Carl Larsson — “Bathroom Scene – Lisbeth” (1909)

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Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) was a prominent artist in the Arts and Crafts movement, which infused decorative design and fine arts. Details of the rendering of Larsson’s “Bathroom Scene – Lisbeth” (colour lithograph), courtesy of Fine Art America, include a free-standing bath, vintage exposed pipes, and relaxing green walls. 

Edvard Munch — “Marat in the Bath and Charlotte Corday” (1930)

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Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was considered the father of Expressionism, best known for his work, “The Scream.” Details of the rendering of Munch’s “Marat in the Bath and Charlotte Corday” (oil on canvas), courtesy of the Munch Museum, include terracotta tiles, a curved doorway, and marble tiles.

Pierre Bonnard — “Nude in the Bath” (1925)

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French painter and printmaker Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), best known for his bold use of color, was influenced by Japanese art and fellow French artist Paul Gauguin. Details of the rendering of Bonnard’s “Nude in Bath” (oil on canvas), courtesy of Tate, include a vibrant patterned bath mat, pale green and yellow walls, and a free-standing tub.

Let these renderings inspire you to turn your bathroom into a work of art.