Museums: those things you hate as a kid, but hopefully come to appreciate as you grow older. Austrian photographer Stefan Draschan appreciates the heck out of art museums, as you can see in his recent collection, People Matching Artworks. Draschan moseys around famous European museums just waiting for the serendipitous moment when a patron will in some way match the work of art they are observing. The photos he captures in these moments are lovely and curiously satisfying.
No, these people are not wearing T-shirts with the exact paintings printed on them. The similarities are much more subtle and compelling than that. Take this picture for instance, in which a woman’s gold-striped hijab emulates the gold frame of the painting and the gilded pattern on the knight’s armor.
This girl’s bright pink coat collar really brings out the magenta speckles in the upper left corner of the painting. Her spunky top bun is also reminiscent of the burst of light. She and Monet really get each other.
The pattern on this guy’s jacket seems strangely similar to the brush strokes used to paint these soldiers. The soldier on the left even looks like he’s yelling orders at the new recruit. And this guy looks like he’s about to go AWOL.
This woman found her long lost twin in Paris’ Pompidou Museum. She and the woman in the painting appear to wear a similar deep blue coat/shawl and hold their arms in a similar manner. I want to see these two gals standing back to back with their arms crossed like the Olsen twins, circa 1999.
Perhaps 80 years ago this young man would have looked like the boy in the painting behind him. In 2017, though, he’s traded in his flute for a handheld gaming device. Progress? I’ll let you be the judge.
These two ladies fit right in with the brightly adorned men on this tapestry. All they need are some pointy beards, drums and maybe a flag or two and they’d be hiding in plain sight. I bet that’s how all the best art thieves trick museum security guards.
Most people probably feel fairly removed from biblical times and even the more recent 1390s, when Lorenzo Monaco painted this rendition of The Last Supper. But these two women look like they’d fit right in. You can almost hear Jesus saying, "John, Paul! For the love of Me, move over and make room for them!"
I have a feeling that this young man did not expect to find his likeness in this fancy nobleman. I’d like to think he was sauntering by the painting when he dropped a quarter, and while standing back up, his eyes landed upon a version of himself.
Did this lady illegally stamp a black object that looks oddly similar to the back of her shirt onto this painting, just so that they could be matching? Occam’s razor says no, but I’m not convinced. Someone should look into this.
In what is possibly one of the coolest photos ever, a woman casually wears headphones and ponders the painting in front of her. While wearing a shirt that looks EXACTLY like the painting, just flipped upside down. She’s probably too cool for all of us and we should just stop trying.
How does this chick show up to the Pompidou wearing this patchwork fur jacket that imitates this Mimmo Rotella décollage in such an accurate way? Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe it’s the work of Apollo, the Greek god of art, poetry, music and all that creative stuff.
Okay, this woman must have known that she was going to see Monet’s Water Lilies when she got dressed that morning. She’s one step ahead of the rest of us. Next time you head out for a day at the museum, rock an interesting outfit so that you too may meet your artwork match. And if you're lucky, Stefan Draschan might be there to capture it all.