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The Real Life Models photo series cleverly brings characters in famous paintings to life. Like Grant Wood and his classic American Gothic artwork, many artists use real people as the basis for their creative outputs. But while he created a realistic portrait of the farmer and his spinster daughter, others often take it to fantastical extremes. Or they simply rely solely on their imaginations to dream up a character.
Created by 19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi, the Real Life Models photo series focuses on the latter to envision what these more abstract characters would look like in the real world. Examining paintings by Kees van Dongen, Rudolf Hausner, Picasso and more, Borsi’s ‘models’ are quite realistic despite a few peculiar features.