- Author: Gustav Klimt
- Museum: Leopold Museum in Vienna
- Year: 1908-1911 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Death and life - Gustav Klimt. 1908-1916. Canvas, oil. 178 x 198 cm
"Death and life" - a picture deeply symbolic and full of allegorical references. The canvas is conventionally divided into two parts, which are contrasted with one another by size, number of characters and even color.
Death is terrible and frightening, but it is in the minority, thin and weak, it can not overcome the Life-giving life. Despite the inevitability of the arrival of Death, she will never win the ever-resurgent life. This motive in the picture of Klimt is emphasized even by the number of figures.
Death, eagerly looking at the manifestations of Life, is lonely and unhappy, its gloomy essence is emphasized even by the colors of her clothes - the dreary blue, purple and black tones “decorated” with numerous grave crosses. Her destiny is to take away joy, taking everyone in a row - from a tired old woman who was hunched up, strong and strong lovers, young girls and happy mothers, and pink-bodied, plump babies who are healthy and full of health. That is its essence.
The colorful patchwork of Life demonstrates its invincibility. No matter how difficult or difficult life is, it is always full of happiness and bright colors.
Painting Klimt, despite the rather gloomy, almost biblical story, life-affirming and optimistic. Even in this canvas, Life fills most of the picture, pushing Death aside and distracting attention from it with its rich, elegant colors and beautifully depicted naked bodies.
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
Portrait of Sonny Knips
Tree of life
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