Serpents I (1904-07) by Gustav Klimt

Serpents I - Gustav Klimt - 1904-07

Artwork Information

TitleSerpents I
ArtistGustav Klimt
MediumWatercolors and gold paint on parchment
Dimensions50 x 20 cm
Current LocationAustrian Gallery, Vienna

About Serpents I

Gustav Klimt’s “Water Serpents I” is undoubtedly one of the most famous and revered works of art in the whole world. It portrays two females in what seems like an embrace. Despite its allure, the exact meaning behind it still remains somewhat of a mystery to this day, filled with both hidden symbolism and stories untold. Completed sometime between 1903 and 1907 as part of his so-called “golden phase,” this masterpiece has been inspiring artists, from amateurs to aces, for over a century.

Klimt’s incorporation of gold paint into the canvas added another layer of glory to Water Serpents I and enabled him to create a shimmering, otherworldly effect that cannot be compared to any modern work today. Another artist whose works appear touchingly close to Klimt’s is Paul Klee; his 1940 piece titled “Untitled (Still Life)” portray a dreamy side of everyday life in its own unique way.

Though their styles vary vastly between each other, both artists shared an undeniably distinct vision that can still be seen throughout many of their pieces even today. Their works continue to captivate audiences around the world with their timeless beauty and remarkable craftsmanship – qualities that could only be found in these two geniuses’ artworks!

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