Gustav Klimt: A Connoisseur of Symbols, Colours and Women’s Body

The Beethoven Frieze: The Hostile Powers 1902, Secession Building

I heard only his name, those days in Iran when I have been studying arts and inner architecture. We had to learn colours and how to work with them. I have known him and his masterworks truly here in Germany.

Gustav Klimt In Brief

To understand the role of Gustav Klimt artwork in Vienna, take a brief look at the artist’s life: Gustav Klimt (1862 to 1918) is one of Europe’s most famous Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) painters and incorporates the Austrian style of Art Nouveau (Jugendstil). As such, he has become one of the most popular representatives of Vienna art. At the end of the 19th century, Klimt co-founded the artists’ group Wiener Secession, a rebel group of young artists who parted from the conservative Austrian Artists’ Association (Künstlerhaus). Throughout his time in Vienna, Klimt worked in six different studios. His last studio, located at Klimt Villa in Hietzing, is open to the public.

He is one of the most advanced painters who have mastered geometry and the appropriate colour of the painting.

Danaë 1907, Private Collection, Vienna

And, of course, the beauties of the curves!

The Kiss (Lovers), oil and gold leaf on canvas, 1907–1908.[1] Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, 180 cm × 180 cm

Here is a well-done video by Great art explained, in which James Payne discusses ‘The Kiss’. (der Kuss)

Allegorical painting by Gustav Klimt

This central late work by Gustav Klimt is one of his great allegories, in which he uses a bold composition to thematize the cycle of human life. The first sketches on paper were made in 1908, the execution in oil from 1910. On the occasion of the first presentation at the International Art Exhibition in Rome, in 1911, Klimt received the gold medal. For reasons that were not known in detail, he decided to fundamentally revise the picture in 1915. Klimt achieves the dissonant entanglement of life and death through the formal and motivic contrasting of a stream of naked human bodies: enveloped in colourful ornaments and flowers, mother and child, an old woman and a pair of lovers – on the right, and the solitary figure of death in dark clothes on the left side. The original probably has had a gold-coloured background but turns grey in the final version, death – wrapped in a blue ornamented cloak, and with a raised small red club, which appears dynamic and alive, designed in bright colours. It is also condensed with further figures and ornaments. (Here in original)

Avenue in Schloss Kammer Park 1912, Belvedere

I have seen a austrian made movie from the young Kimt, though I can’t remember the name. Anyway, here is a trailer of a documentary on him.

I could continue with his painting here endlessly! He is a magician in his arts.

Girlfriends or Two Women Friends 1916–17, Galerie Welz [de]. Later destroyed


By Gustav Klimt – 1. The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202.2. Neue Galerie New York, Public Domain, (Paintings)

Open culture (Gustav Klimt)

9 thoughts on “Gustav Klimt: A Connoisseur of Symbols, Colours and Women’s Body

  1. Beautiful Aladin! I’m a huge Gustav Klimt fan! I have two framed prints of his paintings in my house, Water Serpents I and The Three Ages of Woman. I love them both so much and have done since I purchased them around 25 years ago. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Love and light, Deborah.

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