EROTIC ART & GUSTAV KLIMT
~A BIT ABOUT GUSTAV KLIMT~
Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918, who was quite a bit of a pussy-lover (cats! meoow!), was to start as a classicly trained artist in Vienna, Austria...
He was academically trained and followed the mainstreamness and rules that comes with the art territory with the likes of realistic portraits, landscapes, and murals.
Things were about to change though, and we find Klimt going more his own way during the heyday of the Belle Époque in Vienna which was often associated with Jugendstil and Art Nouveau.
Gustav and many other artists broke away from traditional (realistic) art and basically paved the way for modern art forms at the end of the 1800s (fin de siècle).
This movement and organization was called the 'Wiener Secession' of which Gustav Klimt was chairman for quite a while...
~BEAUTIFUL WOMEN BODS & EROTIC ART~
One of Klimt's well-known expressions was that 'all art is erotic'...
Gustav Klimt's flavor and his own style soon came to fruition and he worked hard as an artist surrounding himself with lots of ladies who would prance around in his studio in the nude, posing, chatting, masturbating, etc...yes...masturbating!
Shockingly to many in that era, Klimt would be the first painter to show off the likes of female pubic hair in his paintings (Nuda Veritas)!
Before that, women would always be hairless down there in art.
Next to this, he also exquisitely and keenly painted the ladies revealing their perky breasts.
One can guess he was quite the boob-man!
Anyway, the female form was his drive and this led to this master still being an utterly popular one today.
Of course, it wasn't just because of the beautiful female form that he was portraying, but also the gorgeous use of gold leaf and the symbolic decorations on these lush gowns the ladies wore.
For example, if we look at 'the Kiss', we notice colorful abstract flowers, swirls, and rounded details on the gown of the woman's side which depicts the likes of femininity and fertility.
The man in 'the Kiss' features dark angular symbols on his side of the robe which can be understood as standing for masculinity.
Also notice that the focus remains on the woman in the painting.
This is a detail that won't go unnoticed if you look closely at Gustav Klimt's works, he celebrates women, the female form...
~LIL' LOVE-LIFE SIDENOTE~
The fairly quiet, muscular Gustav Klimt was apparently quite the catch and rumors have it that he and the lady models would get rather frisky with one another.
It was probably a more intimate study of the female body...ahem...of course.
But even though he wasn't married as such, his main fling was with Emilie Flöge, his sister-in-law's youngest sister, who was a fashion designer, his main muse, and the love of his life.
Gustav Klimt was very inspired by her designs and eagerly incorporated these into his paintings.
And the lady in Klimt's 'The Kiss' was fairly likely Emilie Flöge.
His erotic art is very sexy, decorative, symbolic, and he made sure that women are shown off like goddesses in all their beauty and their power.
"Their power?", you might wonder...
Yes, like in heroism!
Just have a close look at his 'Judith and the Head of Holofernes'.
In this painting we see Judith, a biblical figure, holding a head of a beheaded man.
The story goes that Judith beheaded this man, Holofernes, to save her own kin-folk, the Jews, from any demise by his hands.
Judith, a Hebrew widow, entered the camp of Holofernes, seduced him, and got him drunk before beheading him.
She is a true heroïne of old.
Contrary to other (religious)paintings, Gustav Klimt captures Judith in a more elevated heroic form, the main focus of this depiction is Judith and no one else, beautifully so, strong, with her chin up and her breasts proud...
~GOLD-LEAFED EROTIC ART~
Ah! Those robes, those gorgeous fabrics, the delectable beauty of the female form, the sketches, the colors, the gold leaf...Oh! Those fabulous paintings you can gaze forever at...
Who cannot be a fan of this form of erotic art?
Who can get enough of this master called Gustav Klimt?
Well, mes chéries, if you are in Amsterdam this fall, then there is this stunning exposition called 'Gold in Motion'.
An immersive, sublime exhibition (indeed, in motion!) that draws you into the paintings and submerges you in all the erotic art -beauty by Gustav Klimt...