Danae, by Klimt. 🎨A new take on the myth of Danae. The lady8/6/2021, 10:01:48 PM
Danae, by Klimt. 🎨A new take on the myth of Danae. The lady is locked by her father in a bronze tower, as the oracle tells her that his grandson would kill him one day. But Zeus, always on the look for a new mistress, enters the room in the form of a golden shower and sneaks in. Here we see the typical female figure of Klimt: red-haired, pale with rosy cheeks, a half-open mouth and a forced but very expressive pose of the hands. Gold is very present in Klimt's work, an influence inherited from his father and typical of the art nouveau and the different textures. Both the perspective and the framing or point of view are absolutely new. The woman adopts a foetal position, giving the painting a very dynamic spiral composition. 👨🎨Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918), son of a gold engraver, was born to the prosperity of the ever-bourgeois Vienna, a centre of artistic and intellectual innovations slowly heading to decay. With easy access to patronage and fostering of decorative arts, Klimt was already successful before his 30s. Then he joined Secessionsstil, the anti-academic movement of the time, losing some of this security to become the most complex and cryptic artist of this time. Crowded with enticing colours, geometrical motives and expressive lines, Klimt’s muses were often their own in real life. He had at least 14 children (probably more, as we know of these from the alimonies), none under wedlock, and his women were responded to the archetype of femme fatale, preferably redheads. It was Freud’s time around Vienna, so the ease with which critics faulted Klimt as a pornographer is no surprise. An eclectic figure amidst symbolism and art nouveau. 📐Height: 77 cm (30.30 in). Width: 83 cm (32.70 in). Oil on canvas, 1907. 🏛Leopold Museum, Vienna. @leopold _museum Follow @monteroneart for more 🎨! Shop our art collections in the Link in Bio.