Gustav Klimt:
Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed
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Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed
Gustav Klimt:
Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed

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limited, 950 copies | original Dietz replica | oil on canvas | on stretcher frame | gold elements | framed | size approx. 99.5 x 71.5 cm (h/w)

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Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed
Gustav Klimt: Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed

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Picture "Hygieia" (1845), framed

Detail from the 1845 faculty painting "Medicine" that burned in 1945 in the castle Schloss Immendorf in Lower Austria.

Hygieia, the miraculous daughter of Asclepius, is considered the "muse of medicine" and is a transformation of the serpent into human form. Life takes place between birth and death, and life itself creates deep suffering, for which Hygieia has found a soothing and healing remedy. Hygieia offers the serpent the bowl of "Lethe's flood" to drink from its primordial wetness. Klimt thus wants to proclaim the unity of life and death, the penetration of libidinal dissolution.

Original Dietz replica. Oil on canvas in 70 colours with partial real gilding. Limited edition of 950 copies. Each canvas replica is stretched on a stretcher frame like the original so you can re-stretch the canvas as room temperature and humidity fluctuate. Framed with a dark real wood strip. Size incl. frame approx. 99.5 x 71.5 cm (h/w).

Portrait of the artist Gustav Klimt

About Gustav Klimt

1862-1918, Austrian painter, a famous representative of Viennese Art Nouveau

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was already a renowned artist, influencing the Art Nouveau style of Vienna's famous Ringstrasse with his murals and co-founding the Vienna Secession, when he created his "Golden Style". Inspired by the Byzantine mosaics, he inserted ornamental colour surfaces into a golden bed just like encased gemstones. With his visual art, Klimt describes the path of life of human beings who, negatively influenced by instincts, find their redemption in the kiss. The depictions of the body convey a subtle eroticism, although their figures dissolve into ornamental and geometric colour surfaces. He utilized this method not only for his depictions of couples but also for his portraits of rich women and landscape paintings. This two-dimensional style is today the epitome of Klimt's intensely coloured art, which, however, only characterises his work from 1905 onwards.

Klimt was not only adept at gold and opulence but was also a brilliant draughtsman. He produced numerous drawings in the course of his life. Mostly as preliminary studies for larger works.

As a son of an engraver, Klimt learned his craft at Vienna‘s School of Applied Arts. While still seeking to find his own artistic style, his early work is based on historicism especially influenced by Hans Makart, the artist Prince of the Habsburg monarchy in the late 19th century. Together with his brother Ernst and Franz Matsch, the three young painters formed an artistic community and received numerous commissions to design new buildings on Vienna's Ringstrasse. The staircases of Vienna's Burgtheater or the Museum of Fine Arts bear witness to the historicist style of this collaborative team.

In the late 1890s, like so many young and open-minded artists of the fin de siècle, Gustav Klimt abandoned the academic tradition. In 1897, together with other artists, he founded the "Wiener Secession", which he presided over as president until his resignation in 1905. To this day, the Secession's exhibition building remains a place and temple for new young art.

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