Sunday 7 April 2013

Painting of the Day: "La Esencia de Klimt"

Mario Ville created this beautiful photograph depicting Gustav Klimt's famous "The Kiss" painting as real people.

And for comparison, here's the original painting:

  I feel the man is slightly too skinny in this photograph. Gustav Klimt was trying to play on duality– the softness of the female form against the sharp angles of the male form, female sexuality against male masculinity. In Gustav's painting, the man is seen almost enveloping the woman. They are two different entities yet they complement each other perfectly.

  I do like the way the photographer handled the background and foreground, and the color scheme used is good too. And the attention to detail is well done too– did you notice the garland on the male model's head?

View Mario Ville's Gustav series here.

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