art nou·veau –noun (often initial capital letters ) Fine Arts. a style of fine and applied art current in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized chiefly by curvilinear motifs often derived from natural forms. GUSTAVE KLIMT
The work of the Austrian painter and illustrator Gustav Klimt , b. July 14, 1862, d. Feb. 6, 1918, founder of the school of painting known as the Vienna Secession, embodies the high-keyed erotic, psychological, and aesthetic preoccupations of turn-of-the-century Vienna's dazzling intellectual world. He has been called the preeminent exponent of ART NOUVEAU.
The Kiss Year 1907 – 08 Format 180 x 180 cm Technique Oil on canvas Location Vienna , Osterreichische Museum für Angewandte Kunst Mrs. G’s personal favorite!
Mäda Primavesi (1903–2000) , 1912 Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918) Gift of André and Clara Mertens, in memory of her mother, Jenny Pulitzer Steiner, 1964 (64.148)
Hope, II . 1907-08. Gustav Klimt. (Austrian, 1862-1918). 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
Hope,II A pregnant woman bows her head and closes her eyes, as if praying for the safety of her child. Peeping out from behind her stomach is a death's head, sign of the danger she faces. At her feet, three women with bowed heads raise their hands, presumably also in prayer—although their solemnity might also imply mourning, as if they foresaw the child's fate. Why, then, the painting's title? Although Klimt himself called this work Vision , he had called an earlier, related painting of a pregnant woman Hope . By association with the earlier work, this one has become known as Hope, II . There is, however, a richness here to balance the women's gravity. Klimt was among the many artists of his time who were inspired by sources not only within Europe but far beyond it. He lived in Vienna, a crossroads of East and West, and he drew on such sources as Byzantine art, Mycenean metalwork, Persian rugs and miniatures, the mosaics of the Ravenna churches, and Japanese screens. In this painting the woman's gold-patterned robe—drawn flat, as clothes are in Russian icons, although her skin is rounded and dimensional—has an extraordinary decorative beauty. Here, birth, death, and the sensuality of the living exist side by side suspended in equilibrium.
Gustav Klimt Baby (Cradle) , 1917/1918 Gift of Otto and Franciska Kallir with the help of the Carol and Edwin Gaines Fullinwider Fund 1978.
Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi 1913-1914 Klimt, Gustav Oil on canvas 140 x 85 cm Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City, Japan
Adele Bloch-Bauer I 1907 Oil and gold on canvas, 138 x 138; Austrian Gallery, Vienna Adele Bloch-Bauer clasping her hands (she had a deformed finger). Dressed in gold, surrounded by gold. A very gold picture.
“ I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me -as an artist, the only notable thing- ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do." Gustav Klimt
Medicine (Hygieia) 1900 – 07 Format 430 x 300 cm Technique Oil on canvas Location Burned in Schlob Immendorf, Austria, 1945
Art Nouveau (French for 'new art') is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century (1880-1914) and is characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs. The name 'Art Nouveau' derived from the name of a shop in Paris, Maison de l'Art Nouveau, at the time run by Siegfried Bing, that showcased objects that followed this approach to design. The style introduced by Bing was not an immediate success in Paris but rapidly spread to Nancy and to Belgium(especially Brussels) where Victor Horta and Henry Van de Velde would make major contributions in the field of architecture and design. In the United Kingdom Art Nouveau developed out of the Arts and Crafts Movement.