Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt

Adele Bloch Bauer by Gustav Klimt

If in the work “Judith and Holofernes” Adel Bloch-Bauer performed under the pseudonym of Judith, then in this picture she is herself.

All the features that distinguish the “golden period” of Klimt are here: a combination of realism in the image of the face and hands with abstract scenery, a smooth flow of one into another and back, an exotic symbolism filling the heroine’s attire and the surrounding background, an elusively spicy atmosphere.

They say that Klimt wrote his strange portraits from nude models, and only then he covered the bodies with flat ornamental clothes. Perhaps, and so: what the Puritan public called “depravity” literally oozes from this canvas. But this is not “depravity”, but rather, the fatigue of their own respectability, which turned into a golden cage, and the desire to break free.

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