Gustav Klimt

Fascinating Early-20th-Century Color Photos of Famous People

There are some historical figures who we always think of in black and white. After all, the world trucked on in monochrome, Pleasantville-style, until the middle of the 20th century, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, color photography dates back to the mid-1800s — the first three-color process photo was taken in 1855, but it wasn’t until 1907 that the first commercially viable method of color photography, Lumière Autochrome, was invented — and perhaps unsurprisingly, photographers jumped to take snapshots of their famous friends. Below, some notable characters, from Mark Twain to Auguste Rodin, whom we usually see in black and white, showing their true colors. … Read More

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Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Employees and the Art That Should Decorate Their Offices

With Season 6 of Mad Men returning this Sunday night and venturing even deeper into the 1960s, we figured it was high time for an art update at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices. After the jump, the famous artworks with which we would redecorate the walls of each of our favorite SCDP employees’ offices. In the name of sheer fun, note that no regard whatsoever has been paid to the price, availability, or timeliness of these artworks. … Read More

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11 Artful Fashion Shoots Inspired by Famous Paintings

Fashion month is in full swing! To capitalize on the runway spectacles that are happening in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, tons of museums — from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania — are opening exhibitions related to la mode. Art and fashion have had a long relationship, with major glossies inviting artists from Salvador Dalí to Barbara Kruger to direct or shoot their editorial content. But by far the most fun art-fashion fusions are the dozens of photo shoots replicating famous paintings by the likes of Klimt, Vermeer, and Lichtenstein. Here are 11 hilarious, odd, and sometimes even magical examples of fashion editorials inspired by art. … Read More

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Personal Letters From Great Artists to Their Friends and Family

Here at Flavorpill, we’re great fans of artistic ephemera, endlessly fascinated by everything from the journals of creative geniuses to postcards from famous authors. After all, once you’re famous, there’s just no way to keep your private papers out of the hands of the curious masses — not that we’re complaining: sometimes, the best way to learn about someone is to see the way they correspond to those closest to them. To that end, we’ve collected a few beautiful letters from great artists to their friends and family, each one as visually evocative as you’d expect. Take a look after the jump, and if we’ve missed a stellar letter, send it our way in the comments! … Read More

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Famous Works of Art Halloween Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, party people! When it comes to costumes, are you one of those perfectionists who will settle for nothing short of a handmade masterpiece? If yes, this one’s for you. If you’re still searching for some Halloween “masterpiece” costume inspiration, why not just dress like an actual masterpiece? After the jump, you’ll find a smorgasbord of art costumes from the realms of surrealism, post-impressionism, symbolism, pop art, and more. Check ’em out, and hit the comments to add your artsy and/or spooky tips for those who might actually try to execute these suckers. … Read More

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A Survey of Klimt’s Sexiest Art for His 150th Birthday [NSFW]

“Klimt was exceptionally animal-like. His body exuded a peculiar odor. As a woman, one was really afraid of him.” These are the words of Hilde Roth, the beautiful Lady With Hat and Feather Boa, an eager subject from the storied artist’s muse collective, the models hanging about his studio in packs. Klimt was frank in his eroticism. He painted his models nude first, and then painted on clothes and surrounded them with the atmospheric blood of gilded detail, as discovered after his death when The Bride was left unfinished and exposed. Similarly, Klimt himself was known for wearing a long robe with no undergarments. Mm-hmm.

Alright, we’re getting a bit saucy there, but it’s a special occasion. Tomorrow we celebrate what would have been Klimt’s 150th birthday. Here are 15 of his paintings and naughty sketches, from the mythical nymphs frolicking out of strategically flowing, draped clothing to tangles of sketched, nude lovers to the pretty maidens threatened by a snarling animal (perhaps, a nod at Klimt’s syphilis-related anxieties). Flip through a few of the sexy beast’s career highlights in our slideshow. … Read More

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The Women of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Painted in the Styles of Famous Artists

We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like some fine art with a geeky pop culture twist to make us smile at the beginning of the week. Last year, we swooned over artist Megan Lara‘s geeky-cool art nouveau-inspired posters of the men of Firefly, and now i09 has brought a new series of her work to our attention: your favorite Battlestar Galactica heroines (and anti-heroines) as they might have been painted if Klimt, Bouguereau, and Lichtenstein had had the good fortune to be around to capture their portraits. Click through to see fine art and fine television mashed together, and then be sure to head over to Lara’s website to check out more of her work. And if you must have one of these prints for your very own, poster versions (minus the Lichtenstein, which will be sold separately) are currently available to preorder as a set from Quantum Mechanix. So say we all. … Read More

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Julianne Moore as Famous Works of Art

Julianne Moore is… Modigliani’s muse, a Klimt damsel, and a tousled temptress by Egon Schiele. Recently, this incredible photo shoot with the actress has surfaced out of an old Harper’s Bazaar and into the art-minded Tumblr-sphere. Check out the shots taken by the famous fashion photographer Peter Linderbergh, side-by-side with their original inspirations, as spotted by Museum Nerd. What strikes us isn’t just the meticulous styling, strategically echoing the visuals of the original artwork with couture. Moore is doing a splendid job channeling the subjects, beaming with vigor of a glamorous “cripple” by John Currin, as if she was a Currin model frozen in a frame. You be the judge. Do these do it for you? … Read More

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Happy Birthday Basquiat: 10 Memorable Movies About Artists

There’s something about artists that makes them compelling biopic subjects, especially if there’s something sexy, traumatic, Bohemian and otherwise scandalous about their personal life. In honor of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s birthday — he would have been 51 today — we present a few recommendations, just to get you started. Here you will find those dramatic details artfully exploited on celluloid with various degrees of salaciousness and, we hope, some valuable background on Bacon’s, Van Gogh’s, and Kahlo’s actual artistic careers. First up? The birthday boy himself. … Read More

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Portraits of Famous Artists and Photographers by Other Artists

What happens when an artist drops his brush or a photographer lowers his camera to pose for a portrait by a colleague? We investigated and found a snap of a young Nan Goldin, pre-fame and sans blouse, Francis Bacon’s face deconstructed by the strokes of Lucian Freud, and Picasso romping around in a big blond wig for Brassaï. Often starkly casual peeks, these portraits are brimming with a friendly intimacy and professional camaraderie. Take a look at some of our favorite cultural figures as models in the slide show. … Read More

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