Goldfish: Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt: Goldfish

Goldfish is a 1902 symbolist Art Nouveau painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt.

Goldfische in Dutch, this is a riposte to Gustav Klimt’s critics after his Faculty paintings were decried as pornographic. This 1902 oil painting carries his highly ornamental style and a colorism typical of his ‘gold period’.

This is supplemented with the foreground woman who makes a ribald gesture to Klimt’s detractors on his behalf.

Gustav Klimt’s Goldfish is in the Kunstmuseum Solothurn in Solothurn, Switzerland.

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