Gustav Klimt (1862–1918): Lady with Fan, 1917 - 1918, Oil6/27/2021, 1:01:53 PM
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918): Lady with Fan, 1917 - 1918, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria The "Lady with Fan" was one of the two last paintings of Klimt. This painting was on the easel of the artist's workshop at the time when he has died. At the auction in 1994 the price reached 10 million US dollars. It belongs to Klimt's "Golden Style". Inspired by Byzantine mosaics, the artist added ornamental colour surfaces into a golden background like gems. The "Lady with Fan" wears a wide, kimono-like dress, adorned with the motifs of a Chinese dragon. The background is covered with Asian motifs. Behind the head of the figure is a phoenix whose tail feathers seem to be an extension of the hairstyle, next to a crane or heron and lotus flowers. The Phoenix is a symbol of immortality and rebirth. In China, it stands for luck and loyalty; and just like the heron, the crane stands for a happy, old age. The lotus flowers can be interpreted in the Chinese tradition as a symbol of love and happy marriage, in Buddhism they stand for the teachings of Buddha and are generally a symbol of purity.