Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt – The Tree of Life – 1905

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter, who was one of the most important figures of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. He has created work including paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, which many are exhibited in the Vienna Secession gallery. His primary subject was the female body, with his work often marked with real eroticism.

The tree of life is a beautiful example of pattern design, with elegant swirling patterns of gold branches, combined with a variety of different shapes of different colours around the background and in the tree trunk. This design does have a connection between my theme “Combining Maths, Nature and Pattern”, combining both the nature and pattern element of it. Furthermore, I can identify a maths element to the work, with the spirals of the tree branches looking similar to the spirals found in the “Edmund Harris Spiral”, because of the style and positioning of the curves.

The Tree of life is also an important symbol to philosophy, mythology and theology, as it signifies the connection between heaven and earth and the underworld. The mural is seen by many Klimt admirers as his only landscape made in his golden period. He used oil painting techniques with gold paint, to create lavish art pieces, during that time period.

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