Overview of both artists
Gustav Klimt was the leader of the Vienna Secession movement, which marked the beginning of modern art in Austria. He uses symbolism of the the human psyche and sexuality through his lavish pattern and figures. His combination of sexuality, atmosphere, and expression was highly controversial of the time.
Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian artist who modernised figurative painting. His paintings are identified by their elongated bodies, blank eyes and use of lines. Each painting told a story about his life and art.
Born in 1862, Gustav Klimt was the leader of the Vienna Secession movement, which marked the beginning of modern art in Austria.The Vienna Secession movement was when progressive artists broke away from the old-fashioned style of art.This movement is significant because it gave contemporary art dedicated time and attention in the city.
He uses symbolism of the the human psyche and sexuality through his lavish pattern and figures. His combination of sexuality, atmosphere, and expression was highly controversial of the time. His work is characterized by its use of gold embellishment, abstract patterns and lots of color. He uses a mix of natural and abstract styles. The majority of his paintings are flat and lack dimension and depth which gives the viewer a unique look at his painting. In many of his pieces, he ignores the rules of composition and will give a different perspective by having one aspect take over the whole canvas. When painting, Klimt uses his brush in many different directions and with varying amounts of pressure to get the desired texture and look. He used thick, bright paint that rose off the canvas at times.
“The Kiss” is the most popular of Gustav’s paintings and what he is known for best. This painting was the final painting of his Golden Period. His Golden Period was when he painted multiple paintings with the similar gilded style. It was painted in 1908 using oil and gold and silver leaf on a square canvas. This painting features a couple intertwined in a field of wildflowers. He uses rectangular, black, white and grey patterns for the male’s robe and a colorful circular pattern for the woman’s robe. The patterning of gold around the bodies creates almost a halo around the couple. He builds up the circular gold canvas and they rise off the canvas while the darker gold background is flat on the canvas. He used a combination of abstract (robes) and realistic (flowers) patterns with gold embellishment all throughout. Klimt’s use of flatness and lack of depth and perspective emphasizes his gilded work.
“The Park” is an example of one of Klimt’s peaceful impressionist landscapes. He painted this with oil on canvas in 1910. It uses the natural scenery and colors of the trees with hints of other colors such as blue and red. Gustav Klimt ignores the rules of composition in this work as he has the top half of the trees taking over the majority of his composition. The actual park is only on the very bottom of the painting which gives a unique point of view that allows the viewer to feel as if they are in this dense forest. Like the majority of his paintings the top is flat and doesn’t give dimension however, he shows that depth in the bottom of his work which lengthens the piece. He mainly uses different shades of green, yellow and blue through a dot and sponge pattern to create the texture of the leaves. He would use the different shades of the colors to highlight and add shadows to the trees. When painting the park, Klimt used swift brush stroked upwards to achieve the dot effect also adding a spongy feel.