Danae (1907-08) by Gustav Klimt

Danae - Gustav Klimt - 1907 - 1908

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ArtistGustav Klimt
Date1907 - 1908
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions77 x 83 cm
Art MovementArt Nouveau
Current LocationWurthle Gallery, Vienna, Austria
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About Danae

The artwork “Danae” is an oil on canvas painting created by Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908. It belongs to the Art Nouveau movement and measures 77 x 83 cm. This mythological painting is housed at the Wurthle Gallery in Vienna, Austria. It depicts a sensual and intimate representation of the mythological figure Danaë, who is visited by Zeus in the form of golden rain, resulting in her impregnation and the birth of the hero Perseus.

In the artwork, Danaë appears as a young woman curled up in a vulnerable yet erotic pose, embodying both innocence and sensuality. The golden shower, representing Zeus, cascades across the canvas in a swirl of golden shapes and flakes, highlighting the divine encounter. Klimt’s signature style is evident through the elaborate patterning and the use of gold leaf, which adds texture and richness to the composition. The color palette is dominated by warm golden tones, reds, and browns, creating a luxurious and dreamlike atmosphere. The attention to detail and the decorative motifs, characteristic of Klimt’s work during his “Golden Phase,” are meticulously rendered to evoke the opulence and decadence of the era.

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