Abstract painting

If Abstract Painting Models Were Real

Hungarian photographer Flóra Borsi is no stranger to manipulating photographs for her art, and now she’s taking on master painters in her latest project The Real Life Models.

The 19-year-old emerging artist imagined what the exaggerated bodies in abstract and surrealist paintings would look like if they were real people.

She explains her project in her own words:

Nowadays, almost all photographers use graphics software to complete the image, as many painters used the “original version” in the past.

Some artists use pure imagination to paint their artwork, others may prefer to create art using an actual model as a reference for anatomy.

What if these abstract models were real people?

Discover four of the models imagined by Borsi from paintings by Picasso and the Austrian painter Rudolf Hausner.

Abstract Patterns by Flora Borsi

Portrait of a Polish Woman by Amedeo Modigliani, 1919.

Courtesy of Flóra Borsi


Abstract Patterns by Flora Borsi

Gelber Narrenhut by Rudolf Hausner, 1955.

Courtesy of Flóra Borsi


Abstract Patterns by Flora Borsi

Female bust of Kazimir Severinovich Malevich, date unknown.

Courtesy of Flóra Borsi


Abstract Patterns by Flora Borsi

The Woman in the Green Hat by Pablo Picasso, 1939.

Courtesy of Flóra Borsi