A Dutch artist has developed computer software to come up with an ‘average’ painting for famous artists, by combining all their works into a single canvas.
Jeroen van der Most has analysed millions of pixels for each work to create an average Rembrandt and Van Gogh, which he says lays bare the ‘essence’ of the artists.
For example, combining all Rembrandt’s paintings in the Rijksmuseum into one work creates a brown canvas with lighter browns in the middle and darker edges.
But melting all 123 Vincent van Gogh’s held in Amsterdam into a single canvas gives a predominantly green effect.
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