Monday, 15 November 2010
The artist, Gustav Klimt, was born in Vienna in 1862. This work is titled, The Three Ages of Woman (1905) and is oil painted on canvas. Klimt was famous for the gold and silver in his mosaics. His work is 2 dimensional and flat on the picture plane. This painting is based on the Vienna Secession style; a movement influenced by factors such as Japanese woodcuts and impressionism. The movement included painters, sculptors, and architects. The artists disagreed with existing conservatism and wanted to paint outside the restrictions of academic tradition. In Klimt's painting, the colourful background is abstract and enhances the 3 figures. The woman with beautiful skin and red hair is lovingly holding the delicate child. The older woman has a hunched posture. Her aged skin and bowed head made some viewers uncomfortable.
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