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Tuesday's inspiration picture is Gustav Klimt's, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. I am very happy that this painting made the cut, because Klimt is one of my favorite artists. I was very lucky to see some of his works, including The Kiss, in Vienna.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is as the name suggests the portrait of a woman, the wife of a wealthy Viennese industrialist. This is an excellent example of Klimt's gold period, in which he used gold leaf prominently. He was also inspired by mosaics, so the painting looks like a mosaic made up of million little pieces. Adele is depicted in a sitting position. She has very dark brown hair, somewhat droopy, tired eyes and beautiful red lips. We can make out the very white skin of her face, neck and hands, which are gracefully positioned to cover a deformed finger. She is wearing several bracelets (gold and silver) and a huge choker with crystals. Apart from a very soft, baby green below the horizon line, which is depicted with a black and white border, the rest of the painting (i.e, her dress and the background against which she is standing) looks like a huge mosaic made up of gold. Apart from gold, there is very little color (a tiny bit of red and blue, purple here and there); this painting is all about shapes. You can find all sorts of geometic patterns: squares, semi circles, ovals, swirls, triangles, evil eyes, even dots, which look like they've been drawn on gold with various shades of black, dark brown, reddish brown, etc.
I am very excited! Post away!
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