These Stunning Photos Capture Women in Gold Staging Famous Klimt Pieces

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 27, 2015
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This stunning series of photos stages real live women in gold as canonical Gustav Klimt paintings.

The women in gold photo series is the work of photographer Inge Prader. It was created for the 2015 Vienna Life Ball, a glamorous event in support of AIDS research. Based on pieces from Klimt's famous gold period, the photographs document women in gold posed as paintings that often verge on abstract. The photos are beautiful, but also slightly humorous. In order to replicate the Klimt paintings, the real women in gold are frequently contorted into extremely awkward positions. This perhaps unintentionally demonstrates the fantastical, unrealistic aspect of traditional artistic depictions of female models.

This women in gold photo series is an elaborately staged, beautiful modern tribute to one of the masters of Western art.