Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gustav Klimt

Sea Serpents
Gustav Klimt

Most of Klimt's paintings contained a gold foil paint, and vibrant colors. He was known for painting women, and adding color whimsical patterns. The lesbian embrace of his models would have been unacceptable had it been presented as a straight portrait. However, by renaming the work and giving it a theme and by adding the fish-like serpent behind the bodies and adding a gold pattern, Klimt was able to show the painting to Vienna without fear of censorship. 

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