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Transcript of Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt was born on July 14th 1862 in Baumgarten Austria. Gustav specialised in symbolised painting although he also sketched and painted murals (painting straight onto walls).
Who is he?
Klimt's family suffered from poverty throughout the majority of his childhood. The only school Klimt has studied at is the 'Vienna School of Arts and Crafts', also known as the 'University of Applied ArtsVienna' between 1879 and 1883.
Klimt was the second of seven children (three boys and four girls). His father Ernest Klimt was a gold engraver and his mother was Anna Klimt. In 1980 Klimt married Emile Louise Floge. She modeled for some of Klimt's artworks, including his most well known 'the kiss' in costumes that he had created for her. He is known to have had fathered at least 14 children, although the exact number is unknown. Klimt kept
his love life extremely private.
Style: Art Nouveau
Technique: Watercolour on paper
Period: Golden Phase
The 'golden phase' is when Klimt used
rich golden colours in his artworks.
I see a portrait of a woman. She is the main focus of the artwork as the majority of the bolder, brighter colours used are on her. In the background are earthy coloured swirls, imitating a tree.
The majority of the colours used in the artwork are pale,
earthy colours (browns and creams) used on the swirls
and half of the dress. The other half of the dress uses
bolder and brighter colours in a non even striped pattern also
used on the flowers at the bottom of the artwork.
In the swirls there are smal triangles, imitating an insect,
which are pale shades of green.
Closer to the woman's face, the rich
gold shows in her headpiece and
jewllery. She is also wearing a
silver peice of jewllery wich stands
out from the gold as it contrasts
from the rich colour to a lighter
colour. The black hair stands out from the
rest as it is the darkest colour in the
In this artwork there are numerous triangles, on the dress,
flowers at the bottom and the insects in the tree.
The branches of the tree are swirled in a curvaceous
circle. The contrast in the edges of the two shapes
have a way of seperating the artwork into two parts.
The lines in the composition contrast eachother. Half a straight,
angled lines and the other half are flowing and curved.
The flowing lines of the brances are repetitive which give the
artwork a fuller affect.
In the composition, the swirls in the background have a way of making the women look three dimensional, as she is standing
infront of the trees.
The artwork is chaotic with the whole of the background full with
the swirls then the main focus infront of them. The bottom of
the artwork has the most space in the artwork. It is not a symmertrical painting. The swirls in the background take up most
of the artwork, even though they are not the main focus.
The triangles are all clumped together, almost ontop of eachother.
- Klimt's most expensive painting sold (Frau Adele Bloch-Bauer) was sold for $135 million in 2006.
- In 1888 Klimt was awarded the 'Golden Order of
Merit' by the Emperor or Austria.
- Klimt was the founder and president of the
Vienna Secession, a group that showcased young artist's work in Vienna.
The swirls in the background take up about three quarters of the painting's background and the figure takes up approximately half of the artwork's foreground.
The majority of all areas in the compostion have the same amount of light and dark. The whole painting is bold and strong, there are barely any weaker areas.