- Author: Gustav Klimt
- Museum: Leopold Museum in Vienna
- Year: 1907-1908 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Danae - Gustav Klimt. 1907-1908. Canvas, oil. 77x215; 83 cm
One of the famous and most interesting works of Klimt's golden period is the painting "Danae", referring the viewer to the famous mythological plot.
According to the myth, the mighty Zeus was captured by the beauty of the daughter of King Argoss and appeared to her in the form of a golden rain, thus making his way into the dungeon, where she was imprisoned by her father. Fears of father Acrisius were clear - he was predicted that he would be killed by his own grandson, and Acrisius hid the young girl from prying eyes. But how could this stop Zeus-voluptuary?
Many artists turned to this poetic story, but never before had it been embodied so frankly and freely, it suffices to recall the modest Dani Rembrandt and the barely exposed maid Mabuse. Klimt also portrayed his Danae at the peak of bliss - this is indicated by the expression of the heroine’s face, and by intense stiffened fingers.
The interpretation of the golden rain is also noteworthy; if Rebrand has light, and Mabuse has sparkling crystals, then Klimt depicts rain in large drops, thick and textured. Only they hide the shamelessly naked body of Danae from the viewer.
If other painters paid their close attention to some important details of this myth - the dungeon, in which the unfortunate girl, the servant, assigned to follow the prisoner, is sharpened, then Gustav Klimt focused his artistic narrative only on the actual scene of fertilization, as the moment of birth of the legendary Perseus. This moment does not require other participants, here only Danae and Zeus, who took the form of a golden rain.
In technical terms, the deliberate distortion of proportions immediately attracts attention, which gives Danae a pronounced sexuality. This feeling is even more enhanced, thanks to the composition - the heroine seems to be enclosed in a narrow space, she barely has enough space. Amazing compositional find of the painter!
Golden rain, clearly penetrating into the body of Danae, echoes the ornament, which is introduced into the picture by chance. This addition gives what is happening sublime character, filling the space with sacred meaning.
Undoubtedly, Klimt introduced a revolutionary sound in a classic plot, on which more than one generation of painters worked. Having hypertrophied female sexuality, narrowing the scope of the narrative to the process of conception, he gives a completely different view of eroticism as such, on the interpretation of a famous story, balancing on the verge of where the beautiful can be overthrown in a dissolute and frivolous. Having brought into the work ornaments, gold, the play of colors, he "smoothes" all the corners that arise, creating a harmonious work of art, arousing interest and aesthetic pleasure.
Other pictures of Gustav Klimt
Portrait of Friderika Maria Beer
Portrait of Margaret Stoneboro-Wittgenstein
Three age women
Portrait of Serena Lederer
Joseph Lewinsky as Don Carlos
Unterach, manor on the lake Attersee
Judith and Holofernes head
Death and life
Portrait of Sonny Knips
Tree of life
Watch the video: Painting Process Danae (November 2019).