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See How Inge Prader Brings Gustav Klimt Paintings to Life !

  • Inge Prader - Danae, detail
  • Inge Prader - Mars & Sacrani, detail
  • Inge Prader - The Beethoven Frieze - The Longing for Happiness, detail
October 23, 2015

It is often being said that everything in the world already exists, and that is almost impossible to create something completely new. This goes for art, as well. But, sometimes the real artistry is about how to use existing pieces and then build something new and refreshing. So, when you take Gustav Klimt, for example, the great Austrian painter and one of the most famous members of the Vienna Secession movement to be your model, you need to be an excellent artist yourself, so the great symbolist painter wouldn’t just swallow you and your work. Even better, if you take Klimt’s Golden Phase, and his paintings from 1899 to 1910, you are going to have to work your behind off to put your work with Klimt’s in the same sentence.

That’s was exactly what Austrian photographer Inge Prader had done. She used live models to recreate some of the Klimt’s most iconic works, such as The Beethoven Frieze, Danae, or Death and Life. Prader’s works were taken for this year’s Viennese Secessionist-themed Life Ball, that gathers resources to help fighting HIV/AIDS. So, take a look at marvelous photographs by Inge Prader, that are celebrating works by the great Gustav Klimt.

Gustav Klimt – The Beethoven Frieze

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This wall mural was created for the Vienna Secession exhibition of 1914, in the glory of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Since the plan for the mural was to be there only for the exhibition, Klimt painted it lightly. However, the mural stayed there, and was displayed again in 1986.
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Inge Prader – The Beethoven Frieze

Gustav Klimt – The Beethoven Frieze – The Longing for Happiness

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This is the part of The Beethoven Frieze at The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna – it is located on the left wall of the mural.
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Inge Prader – The Beethoven Frieze – The Longing for Happiness

Gustav Klimt – Death and life, 1916

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Gustav Klimt – Death and life, 1916. Life and death are among Klimt’s central themes (as well as for his contemporaries, like Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele). At Klimt’s Death and Life, human are not afraid of the Death, as they simply pay no attention to it.
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Inge Prader – Death & Life

Gustav Klimt – Danae, 1907-1908

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The story about Danae goes like this: she was a princess, imprisoned by her father King of Argos in a tower made of bronze. However, Danae was visited by Zeus, and after his visit, Danae gave birth to Perseus. In Greek mythology, Perseus was known for killing Medusa and rescuing Andromeda.
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Inge Prader – Danae
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Inge Prader – Mars & Sacrani, detail
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Inge Prader – Mars & Sacrani

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Photographs of Inge Prader courtesy of the artist.