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Gustav Klimt - Tree of Life Painting

7th Grade Art

Mrs. Phillips

on 9 November 2015

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Transcript of Gustav Klimt - Tree of Life Painting

and the Tree of Life
Gustav Klimt
He was born in Austria on July 14, 1862.

He was the second of 7 children.

Their father was a goldsmith.
Who is Gustav Klimt?
When Klimt was 14 years old, he was awarded a scholarship to go to the Vienna School of Arts and crafts.
Klimt studied art there until he was 21 years old.

By this time, Klimt had begun his art career painting murals and portraits.
Early Work
Some of his most famous works were painted during his "Golden Phase."
1908 The Kiss
1907 Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Tree of Life
In 2006, the 1907 Adele Bloch-Bauer I portrait, was purchased for a reported US $135 million making it the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.
Create your own Tree of Life painting
1906 Farm Garden with Sunflowers

Ancient Greece (The Girl from Tanagra)
1883 Old man with ivy wreath
1908 Farmhouse with Sunflowers
Image Credit
Thank you!
This painting was commissioned as a mural in a private house in Belgium.
Step 1: Description
What do you see? Describe lines, shapes, colors, etc.
Step 2: Analysis
Discuss the relationships between lines, shapes, form, color, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, movement
Step 3: Interpretation
What do you think is happening in the artwork? What message is the artist trying to communicate? What is the "theme" of the work? What emotion is the artist trying to express?
Step 4: Judgement
What do you think about the art work? WHY is it good or bad? What would you have done differently? Would you hang this on your wall?
Project Criteria
Tree branch swirls fill page
Use of pattern to create unity
Use of geometric and organic shapes
Use of at least 5 different "Klimt shapes"
Paint colors: 1 warm, 1 cool, & 1 metallic (in addition to gold, black and white)
What is Pattern?
Principle of design; The repetition of lines, shapes, or colors
What is Unity?
The principle of design where all the elements of an art work combine to make a balanced, complete whole.
Shapes with symmetry; the same on both sides
What are Geometric Shapes?
Shapes that are not regular or even
What are Organic Shapes?
What are the principles of design?
The way the elements of art are organized
Art Criticism is a process we use to organize our thoughts about an artwork. Four steps:
Description, Analysis, Interpretation, & Judgement.
Art Criticism
Geometric Shape
Organic Shape
Gustav Klimt,
Tree of Life
, 1905
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