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Santa Classics

Bedroom in Arles (1888) – Vincent van Gogh

Ed Wheeler has researched hundreds of paintings and finds that certain compositions beckon to him for a “Santa intervention.” Often Santa replaces a main figure in a painting, sometimes he is added to a group composition or may even be the single human presence in a landscape. Ed’s intent is to pay homage to the original paintings while offering art lovers an additional reason to smile. Once a painting is selected, he embarks on a multi-step process to fully integrate Santa into the lighting, brushstrokes and tonal values of a particular painting while maintaining the fidelity of the original. It is this attention to detail, lighting and relationships between figures, which lead to another kind of art experience.

For the past thirty years, Ed has photographed people, places and things for some of the most important corporations in America. He has shot in 35 countries on five continents — in a coal mine two miles down, a helicopter 2,000 feet up, on an oil rig far out to sea, and on top of Mt. Whitney. Ed was educated at the Wharton School of Business, and has learned to work through the barriers of language, culture and politics.

Un Bar aux Folies-Bergère / A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) – Édouard Manet
Nymphs and Satyr (1873) – William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe / The Luncheon on the Grass (1862-1863) – Édouard Manet
Vitruvian Man (ca. 1490) – Leonardo da Vinci
Supper at Emmaus (1602) – Caravaggio
The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) – Jan van Eyck
The Birth of Venus / Nascita di Venere – Sandro Botticelli
La Classe de danse / The Ballet Class (1871-1874) – Edgar Degas
La Danse / Dance (1910) – Henri Matisse
The Milkmaid / The Kitchen Maid (1657-1658) – Johannes Vermeer
La Bohémienne Endormie / The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) – Henri Rousseau
The Scream – Edvard Munch
A Friend in Need (1903) – Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
The Print Collector (ca. 1860) – Honoré Daumier
Education of the Virgin (1650) – Georges de La Tour
Golconda (1953) – René Magritte
Heavy Snow and Visitors to the Shiba Jingu Palace (1858) – Ichiryusai Hiroshige
The Japanese Bridge and Water Lily Pool, Giverny (1889) – Claude Monet
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) – Caspar David Friedrich
Le Rêve / The Dream (1910) – Henri Rousseau

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