Gustav Klimt, Philosophy

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I have been really sick this week so i had some time on my hands to experiment, read, roam the app store and internet. One of my other favorite art pieces is Philosophy by Gustav Klimt.

Philosophy was one of the paintings out of series of paintings made by Gustav Klimt for the ceiling of the University of Vienna’s Great Hall between the years of 1899-1907. The original series contained paintings: Philosophy, Medicine and Jurisprudence. Upon presenting his paintings Klimt came under attack for ‘pornography’ and ‘perverted excess’ in the paintings. None of the paintings went on display in the University. In May 1945 all three paintings were destroyed by retreating SS forces.

In my opinion all three paintings were amazing, but my favorite always will be Philosophy.

“Philosophy had been awarded a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris, but was attacked by those in his own country. Klimt described the painting as follows: ‘On the left of the group of figures, the beginning of life, fruition, decay. On the right, the globe as mystery. Emerging below, figure of light; knowledge’. Critics were disturbed by its depiction of men and women drifting in an aimless trance. The original proposal for the theme of the painting was ‘The Victory of Light over Darkness’, but what Klimt presented instead was a dreamlike mass of humanity, referring neither to optimism nor rationalism, but to a ‘viscous void’”

Since i am in a feverish state of mind, i was “playing” with this painting on my Mac, and here is what came out of it:

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  1. stephanie says:

    I love Klimt too 🙂 He’s one of my favorites.


    1. lina2286 says:

      Actually you turned me on to him 🙂 i saw some of the pins you pinned on Pinterest and it sparked my curiosity, and i fell in love with his work 🙂 Thank you!:)


  2. When I have been in Vienna I saw in Museum original painting of Gustav Klimt “Kiss”. It is really magic paint, full of gold colour, tender and kisses))) Love your blog!


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