Monday, September 26, 2011

Gustav Klimt

As a practitioner of the Art Nouveau style, much of Klimt’s work attempts to imitate natural forms, often through asymmetrical lines and flowing curves. The evocative and sensuous quality of Water Serpents II is unmistakable, but is the world of this painting exclusive or inviting? In a way, formal elements can work to promote the content or potential implications of the painting as a whole. What I find most compelling then is the method by which form (especially one originating from nature) is translated to such modes as symbolism and eroticism.

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