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  1. 1. Artist : Gustav Klimt Title : The Beethoven Frieze Gallery: The Secession Building Date: 1902 Reference: www.theartstory.org This image is from the movement art nouveau. It started in 1890 and finished in 1902. During the start of this period, it started at the same time as the First Franco-Dahomean War. This was a major war involving France and Dahomey. France won this war and claimed Dahomey as a piece of their land. There are a lot of lines in this piece. Some are straight but most of them are natural and flowy lines. There are a lot of curvy lines in this piece and that is because it is most common in this movement. In this movement there is a natural feel to the paintings and that is due to the use of lines. I feel that the use of lines in this piece gives us the illusion of naturalness. Also the straight lines in this piece are really small, this is because this painting is supposed to represent naturalness and I feel that straight lines are not natural; they don’t fit in with the theme of it. The words art nouveau sounds natural and we would associate. The colors in this piece are again very natural. Klimt has used browns, skin tones and yellow. I think that he has used these colors because we all associate these colors with being natural. For example we associate brown with being the color of soil, which is natural. We associate the color yellow with the sun, which is natural; also the skin colors used are natural. The shapes used in this piece are very natural as they are the human body. Our shapes/ the shapes of our bodies are natural. I think that there are a couple of different textures in this piece. For example the bodies I think create a smooth texture, the dark background I think is supposed to be soft. Also the texture would be the whole thing depending what it has been painted on. The only bit of tone on this painting is the different shades of brown on the bottom half of the painting. I think that he has done this to create a bit of
  2. 2. shading and he also could of done this to make it more interesting. This is the only piece of shading in this picture because the rest of it is block colors and patterns. The only shape that has been used is the natural body shape. This makes the whole natural feel to the photo because they are flowy lines and body shapes.

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