Inge Prader, an Austrian photographer, recreated Gustav Klimt’s famous paintings with live models, and the results are stunning. The amount of detail in every photo is mind-blowing, and the creativity that went into the shoots was amazing. If Klimt saw these recreations, he would surely be proud of Prader.
The images were recreated from Klimt’s Golden Phase. This was the time when the artist was inspired by his travels abroad, when he saw many early Byzantine mosaics. From 1899 to 1910, Klimt experienced a lot of success, and many of his paintings had a golden hue theme. The prominent use of gold can be seen when he painted Pallas Athene in 1898 and Judith I in 1901. During this period, he also painted his most famous work, The Kiss. In an homage to this glorious period, Prader recreated his work from this time.
The tableaus were able to capture Klimt’s symbolism, theme, and details. The use of live models breathes life into the portraits and makes the paintings fresh. Complete with warm gold hues and meticulous costumes, the photographs probably took a lot of time and effort to create. Prader even recreated Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze:” a painting that’s 112-foot long an 7-feet high. Other iconic works like “Death and Life,” “Danae,” and “Medicine” were also part of the tableaus made.
The photograph series was part of the Life Ball: an annual event that raises funds for HIV/AIDS in Vienna. The photographs not only celebrated Austrian artists, but also showcased how art can be used for a good cause. The association that runs the event, LIFE+, aims to educate, inform, and aid in the development of social health policies when it comes to HIVE/AIDS. Last year was Life Ball’s 25th anniversary, and they still continue to celebrate art and help people around the world.
Klimt will be proud to know that his work is not only celebrated a century later, but they are also used for a good cause. His works continue to inspire artists today, even in a different medium other than painting.