Tuesday, June 5, 2012

An asian Evening with Klimt, by k Madison Moore

An Asian Evening with Klimt
Inspired by Gustav Klimt


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

14 x 18 Oil Painting on Canvas
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I can't seem to ever get enough of Klimt. He is very hard to
paint with because the details and symbols are endless.
I think I really like to challenge myself with his work.

With "An Asian Evening with Klimt", I used his painting 
"Expectations" for the wall. I always loved this piece.
He did the full body painting and just the portrait so I thought
this would be a nice piece to design this painting around.
The lovely lady is from another of Klimt's works
but I change her face to be Asian and added the gown.
Of course I wanted to use as many tones of red that 
I could for this piece.

I love Asian art and all of the beautiful details they use.
I researched asian furniture and accessories for this composition 
and it seemed that every single element was full of detail.
Needless to say, this painting took a "Very" long time to paint!


Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862– February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His major works include paintings, murals,sketches, and other art objects. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism—nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil

He has been called the preeminent exponent of ART NOUVEAU. Klimt began (1883) as an artist-decorator in association with his brother and Franz Matsoh. In 1886-92, Klimt executed mural decorations for staircases at the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna; these confirmed Klimt's eclecticism and broadened his range of historical references. Klimt was a cofounder and the first president of the Vienna Secession, a group of modernist architects and artists who organized their own exhibition society and gave rise to the SECESSION MOVEMENT, or the Viennese version of Art Nouveau. He was also a frequent contributor to Ver Sacrum, the group's journal.

There were several paintings that announced a change in Klimt’s career. The first was a work that Klimt produced for the rich industrialist Nikolaus Dumba. In 1899 he asked Makart, Matsch and Klimt to decorate three rooms in his villa. Klimt was responsible for the music room and he painted Music II and Shubert at the Piano. Nuda Veritas, painted in the same year, includes a quotation from the dramatist Schiller: ‘If you cannot please everyone with your art, please a few. To please many is bad’. Klimt, who had previously worked hard to please his public, now acknowledged no standards but his own...

From around 1900 until his death in 1918, Gustav Klimt dominated the art scene in the capital of the empire of Austro-Hungary. The Vienna of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg and Stefan Zweig, the Vienna of the great walzes, the Belle Epoque, a city admired all over the world for its artistic and cultural quality and diversity. One of the pre-eminent cities of Europe and a rival to London and Paris.



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