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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Klimt, Gustav


The Girlfriends (Die Freundinnen)
1916-17
Oil on canvas
99 × 99 cm (39 × 39 in)
Destroyed by fire in 1945

Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.
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.

Klimt was inspired by the engravings of Albrecht Dürer, late medieval European painting, and Japanese Rimpa school.