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by Gustav Klimt

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Danae - Description

Danae, an oil painting completed by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt in 1908, explores the racier side of this symbolist painter. Klimt, who is known for his erotic images of dominant females, displays this in the manner that his red headed nude appears in Danae. The woman appears to sleep, though only at first glance does she appear to be beautiful in nature. Take heed of her curled, claw like hand gesture and the manner in which her grotesquely large thigh extends up to meet her sleeping head. The decision to leave the second leg out of the Danae only adds to the mystery behind this terrifically sublime painting. Despite the appearance of beauty in the woman there appears to be a sense of inherent evil possessing the sleeping body of this woman. When combined with the purple and gold dcor, Klimt succeeds in taking the viewer out of the realm of normalcy and rendering his artwork into something more powerful and otherwordly. The femme-fatale subject of Klimts work, sometimes described metaphorically, takes the shape of a human being here to convey the artists viewpoint. Notice the repetition of circles and the way that colors react against each other. There is a relatively small amount of blending but instead a system of lines governing the edges of Klimts forms. The blending can be witnessed at best in the red cheeks of the woman and also on the shadow beneath her breast.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Danae

Original Artist: Gustav Klimt
Subject: Nudes
Style: Art Nouveau
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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