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Gustav Klimt Portrait of Mada Primavesi (mk20 oil painting on canvas
Portrait of Mada Primavesi (mk20
Painting ID::  22443
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Gustav Klimt Portrait of Mada Primavesi (mk20 oil painting on canvas



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  Gustav Klimt
  Austrian Art Nouveau Painter, 1862-1918 Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 ?C February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. 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. Klimt's work is distinguished by the elegant gold or coloured decoration, often of a phallic shape that conceals the more erotic positions of the drawings upon which many of his paintings are based. This can be seen in Judith I (1901), and in The Kiss (1907?C1908), and especially in Danaë (1907). One of the most common themes Klimt utilized was that of the dominant woman, the femme fatale. Art historians note an eclectic range of influences contributing to Klimt's distinct style, including Egyptian, Minoan, Classical Greek, and Byzantine inspirations. Klimt was also inspired by the engravings of Albrecht D??rer, late medieval European painting, and Japanese Rimpa school. His mature works are characterized by a rejection of earlier naturalistic styles, and make use of symbols or symbolic elements to convey psychological ideas and emphasize the "freedom" of art from traditional culture.
  Portrait of Mada Primavesi (mk20
  around 1912 Bildnis Mada Primavesi Oil on canvas,150 x 110.5 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art,New York,gift of Andre and Clara Mertens,in memory of her mother,Jenny Pulitzer Steiner,1964

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