Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918): Church in Unterach on Lake

Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918): Church in Unterach on Lake

11/27/2021, 11:03:04 AM
Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918): Church in Unterach on Lake Attersee, 1916, Oil on canvas, 110 x 110 cm, Private Collection . . Unterach, a village on the shores of Lake Attersee in the south western part of Upper Austria, was the home of some other relatives of Emilie Floge, with whom she and Klimt stayed for a while. This painting was accomplished from the little village of Weissenbach. Klimt zoomed the depicted area with binoculars. The graphic dissolution of the architecture and nature- the trees, the surface of the water with its reflection, the hills in the background lead to the impression of an extreme close up. Klimt dwelt on the church spire of Unterach here, with its distinctive onion-shaped dome. As with his other views of lakeside hamlets, Klimt plays with the repetition of simple shapes across the surface of the canvas. The arches of the boathouse are picked up again in the trees above and in the pointed arches of the church itself. The red of the dome is echoed in windows and roofs throughout the picture, providing bright focal points to keep the eye moving across the picture surface. Klimt needed to add these red highlights to attract the viewer's attention since there are no lines of perspective, which usually lead the eye to a vanishing point somewhere on the horizon.

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