One artistic Avatar: The Last Airbender fan transforms Alexandre Cabanel’s classical religious painting, “The Fallen Angel,” into “The Avatar’s Fury.”
A stunning new work of fan art combines Nickelodeon’s iconic animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, with classic 19th-century art.
Created and uploaded by Avatar News, the fan art sees L’art pompier painter Alexandre Cabanel’s “The Fallen Angel” from 1847 transformed into “The Avatar’s Fury.” The original and the new rendition are featured side by side, as Avatar News’s painting shows the hair and wings of Cabanel’s angel stripped away and replaced with the glowing eyes and tattoos of Aang in the Avatar State.
Cabanel was a prolific 19th-century French painter who served as the preferred painter to Napoleon III. He is likely best known for his 1863 painting, “The Birth of Venus,” which is considered an optimal example of the 19th-century academic style of art. Like many of his paintings, “The Fallen Angel” is rife with religious imagery, depicting Lucifer just after he was cast out of Heaven. Cabanel primarily focused on religious and historical subjects and some other prominent examples of his artwork include “Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners” (1887), “Ophelia” (1883) and “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise” (1867).
“The Avatar’s Fury” isn’t the only recent example of fanmade content for Nickelodeon’s beloved cartoon. Two Avatar fans showed off their culinary prowess by creating delicious-looking pies based on fan-favorite characters and four colorful shots based on the elemental nations. Outside the world of food and drink, a new fan theory puts an even darker twist on Zuko’s scar and another provides a creepy explanation for Ozai and Azula’s volatile behavior throughout the series.
Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have much more to be excited about than just impressive works of fanmade content. Principle photography is officially now underway in Vancouver, Canada for Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the series. Several key characters have already been cast, including Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Uncle Iroh. As for the main trio, Gordon Cormier stars as Avatar Aang, with Ian Ousley and Kiawentiio Tarbell as Sokka and Katara, respectively.
Moreover, Avatar: The Airbender is receiving its own table role-playing game (RPG), Avatar Legends. However, while the game was originally intended to ship in early 2022, it has been delayed until this summer due to the ongoing paper shortage caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We apologize for the shipping delay. We know it’s not ideal, and we’re so sad we can’t make magic happen,” explained developer Magpie Games. “Sometimes journeys take longer than you planned them to.”
All of the seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series, The Legend of Korra, are available to stream on Netflix. The live-action series does not yet have a release date.
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