Klimt not only communicated his mood in many of his works, but also in the handwritten postcards he sent via pneumatic mail. They were the Tweets and text messages of Viennese Modernism. Now you can share their animated successors with your friends by sending them as digital postcards.
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The Kiss is one of Viennese Art Nouveau’s most significant paintings. Created in Klimt’s Golden Phase, this allegorical piece depicts a pair of lovers locked in a tight embrace.
1908–1909, Belvedere © Belvedere, Vienna
In his portrait of Fritza Riedler (née Friederike Langer, b. 1860, d. 1927) Klimt perfected the art of geometric composition. The background is put together using geometric blocks of color, while the sitter is rendered in a triangular constellation.
1906, Belvedere © Belvedere, Vienna
In Death and Life, Death is not understood as an event that a ects the individual, but appears as an allegorical grim reaper figure who looks at Life with a sneering grin. This Life encompasses all generations – from infant to grandmother, all ages are represented, symbolizing the unending cycle of life. While Death can take life from individuals, he has nothing on Life itself, humanity as a whole.
1910/15, Leopold Museum © Leopold Museum, Vienna
Klimt painted this picture in the garden of Villa Oleander, in the village of Kammer on Lake Atter. One of several landscapes completed during his Kammer period, it has an independent character that is strongly shaped by the region.
1908, Belvedere © Belvedere, Vienna
Klimt created one of his best-known works, the Beethoven Frieze, for a 1902 Secessionist exhibition. The show, a homage to Ludwig van Beethoven, was introduced by Klimt’s monumental frieze which greeted visitors in the entrance hall. In this lavish 34-meter wide, two-meter high ornamental symphony, Klimt pays tribute to Beethoven’s Ninth, basing his work on Richard Wagner’s interpretation of the piece. The section of the Beethoven Frieze shown here depicts The Arts, a Choir of Angels in Paradise and an Embrace.
1901, Secession © Belvedere, Vienna
Nuda Veritas thematizes the truthfulness of art. A tug-of-war between impudence and nakedness, and self-confident confrontation and unprotected vulnerability, it has come to symbolize artistic identity.
1899, Kunsthistorisches Museum © KHM-Museumsverband
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