Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Klimt, Gustav

Hope, II
Oil, gold, and platinum on canvas,
43 1/2 x 43 1/2" (110.5 x 110.5 cm).
Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder and Helen Acheson Funds, and Serge Sabarsky
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
His work is often distinguished by elegant gold or coloured decoration, spirals and swirls, and phallic shapes used to conceal the more erotic positions of the drawings upon which many of his paintings are based.
One of the most common themes Klimt used was that of the dominant woman, the femme fatale.