Gustav Klimt is best known for his Byzantine-inspired golden age, the famous “The Kiss” being a prime example. But towards the end of his life, the artist began to paint in a way inspired by Impressionism and some Post-Impressionism. The Attersee Landscape we present today is one of his most successful and famous landscape paintings.
In the summer of 1914, Klimt spent the summer of 1914 with his model and best friend, Emily Froeger, in Weissenbach, on the southern bank of Lake Atter, where a relative of the Froeger sisters lived. The painting dates back to 1915, but Klimt probably painted it in late 1914 while in his Vienna studio. The format of the work is believed to be based on an Attersee postcard sent by the painter to his nephew on 13 August 1914.
Here Klimt also built a mosaic of bold inlaid colors, with cool shades of blue and green interrupted by the bright orange of the roof. The effect is a flattening of the landscape, creating a textured surface but maintaining a great deal of depth in its subtle color modulation. In this surface pattern, Klimt’s Litzlberg am Attersee may have been inspired by German and Austrian artists’ efforts in the first decades of the 20th century on folk tapestry and stained-glass window techniques. Inspired by intense interest.
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110 × 110 cm
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