Death and Life: Gustav Klimt

Gustave Klimt: Death and Life

Painted in the Art Nouveau style of Gustav Klimt’s Golden Phase in 1915, Death and Life is divided structurally into two parts. On the right and entwined in a colorful patchwork are naked figures embracing and displaying the life-affirming emotion of love. On the left is the solitary allegorical figure of Death who jealously and expectantly looks to the living group. The inevitability of death, however, intensifies rather than dissipates the strength of the living.

Gustave Klimt’s Death and Life is in the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria

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