It’s the ArtsOctober 1, 2006
I spend the last week in Vienna (Austria) and was (besides much sightseeing) able to see the famous “Der Kuss” (The Kiss) of the Austrain artist Gustav Klimt. It somehow awaked the urge in me to compare his original work with the artwork displayed in the intro and outro of “Elfen Lied“ which is inspired by his painting (as most of you already know I’m sure). Well, this idea is not new and Elfen Lied has aired a long time ago, but what the heck. Shall we start?
Okay, the first inspired artwork we see in the intro is “Die Erfüllung” (The Fulfilment).
“Die Erfüllung” is part of the Stoclet Frieze ( 1905-1909 ) which belongs to the collection of the Decorative Arts Museum in Vienna.
The next one is a combination of two paintings. The upper part might be inspired by “Adam und Eva” whereas aspects of both Adam and Eve where used for Lucy. For the lower part “Die drei Lebensalter der Frau” (The Three Ages of Woman) was used.
“Adam und Eva” ( 1917-1918 ) is incomplete and belongs to the Austrian Gallery Belvedere collection. “Die drei Lebensalter der Frau” ( 1905 ) is also part of this collection.
“Portrait der Adele Bloch-Bauer” was the origin for the artwork of Yuka.
“Portrait der Adele Bloch-Bauer” ( 1905 ) belongs to the Belvedere collection.
Mayu was a bit tricky but I think “Portrait der Maria Munk” was the inspiration for this one.
“Portrait der Maria Munk” ( 1917-1918 ) is also incomplete and rather unknown as it seems. It belongs to the collection of the Wolfgang-Gurlitt-Museum in Linz.
Nana’s origin was easy again. It’s the “Portrait der Mäda Primavesi”.
“Portrait der Mäda Primavesi” ( 1912 ) is part of the collection of the New Yorker Metropolitan Museum of modern Art.
The next one is even more easy. It’s “Der Kuss” with Kota displayed in detail.
“Der Kuss” ( 1907-1908 ) is part of the Belvedere collection.
This artwork of Lucy is again inspired by “Die drei Lebensalter”.
Again “Der Kuss”, this time Lucy is the detailed one.
This one is inspired by “Wasserschlangen I” (Sea Serpents I).
“Wasserschlangen I” ( 1904-1907 ) also belongs to the Belvedere collection.
For this one I can only guess. It has some similarity with “Wasserschlangen II” (Sea Serpents II), but not as much as the other ones had with their respective origins.
“Wasserschlangen II” ( 1904-1907 ) is just like “Wasserschlangen I” part of the Belvedere collection.
That’s all for the intro, the outro has only one artwork. It’s one of Lucy and is inspired by “Danae”.
“Danae” is part of a private collection.
Well, that’s all. By the way, the background of the artworks is also inspired by Klimt, for example by his “Lebensbaum” (Tree of Life).
This one it also part of the Stoclet Frieze.