Photographer Inge Prader pays homage to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's golden years, and its pictorial and symbolic heritage of Art Nouveau. Prader has recreated these images in a creative way, replacing the canvas and the paintbrush for a camera and models.
By recreating works such as Danae (1907) or La Vie et la Mort (1908) from Klimt's golden period, Prader animates and recontextualises a crucial moment in Klimt's career. It is out of great admiration for Klimt that the photographer decided to pay homage to his work.
But what is the Golden Period? It is the moment between 1902 and 1903 that Klimt's work became the most creative and the most prolific. It began with the paintings Water Snake and Portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer. This period is characterized by a recurrent use of golden colors.
Gold is supposed to represent seduction and sensuality, elevating subjects and giving them a divine or sacred dimension. In 1903 Klimt visited Venice, Ravenne and Florence. It was his visit to the San Vitale basilica in Ravenne that struck him the most. Fascinated by Byzantine mosaics, he decided to integrate the color gold into his work using gold paper and gold leaf. Also, fun fact, Klimt was the son of a goldsmith.