Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A touch of Art

Although Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) was constantly criticized for his works being too sensual and erotic at that time, he stands out from the whole of Austrian painters. In 1909, Klimt dealt with the juxtaposition of a promised new life with the destroying force of death. Using art like a mirror to show the convulsive reality of a continent while a world war was been forged, menacing the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he managed to evolve his painting by the use of symbols and abstract techniques enhancing the freedom of spirit that impregnated the twentieth-century artistic vanguards. Many historians agree to point out eclecticism as the key for his success. A hundred years later, that idea of conjunction of different disciplines and cultures to create our own perception of the world and have a critical viewpoint becomes one of the targets of this blog. This brief retrospective on Klimt's paintings make us enjoy and wonder about the relevance of art as a means of communication and thought. Please, leave your commentaries about this exhibition. Your participation in this blog is always welcome.


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