For the stylebible of this year’s life ball in vienna — an annual AIDS charity event — photographer inge prader has recreated the impression of the vienna secession by bringing the painted personages of gustav klimt to life.
Carefully posed models and intricately crafted props duplicate some of klimt’s most iconic masterworks like ‘death and life’ and ‘beethoven frieze’, mirroring the gold hued, highly decorative and erotic aesthetic the austrian artist became best known for. richly ornamented costumes clothing warriors and women alike are situated alongside semi-nude figures and set against detailed mosaic backdrops, projecting paradise-like conditions that truly characterize klimt’s ‘golden phase’.
1Recreation of “Beethoven Frieze”
2Gustav Klimt. Detail of “Beethoven Frieze.”
3Recreation of “Death and Life.”
4Gustav Klimt. “Death and Life.”
5Recreation of “Danae”
6Gustav Klimt. “Danae”
7Recreation of “Beethoven Frieze”
8Gustav Klimt. Detail of “Beethoven Frieze.”
9Recreation of “Medicine.”
10Gustav Klimt. Detail of “Medicine.”
11Recreation of “Beethoven Frieze.”
12Gustav Klimt. Detail of “Beethoven Frieze.”
13Prader’s elaborate photographs capture all the rich Art Nouveau symbolism—and golden hues—of the original Klimt paintings
17Recreation of “Beethoven Frieze”