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Mother and Child

by Gustav Klimt

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Mother and Child - Description

Mother and Child was completed in 1910 by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. A darker composition by the Symbolist painter widely known for his involvement in the Viennese Secession of 1897, Mother and Child is a remarkably personal exploration by the artist. Klimt depicts a powerful image of a female in this painting as he does in most of his work. Visually, Mother and Child displays remarkable contrast between the bodies cloaked in surrounding darkness and the stark white faces of the mother and her two children. Klimt takes the three figures out of their normal surroundings and places them directly in the shadows of nature, amidst a constant earthy tone bearing course brush strokes throughout the painting. The faces, meanwhile are detailed and touched with subtle hints of red in the lips and cheeks of the children. Metaphorically this painting might act as a place of refuge for a viewer. Klimt was well practiced in creating realms where his observers could turn to in an effort to flee a world run by constant struggle for survival. It is the invitation of the artist, therefore to enter this painting as the child would into the lap of the mother and embrace, at least for the time spent gazing at it, an opportunity to dwell in the comfort of warmth and darkness that Klimts masterpiece Mother and Child offers.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Mother and Child

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