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From the beginning of the 90s a new period began in the work of Gustav Klimt. At this time, the artist felt a keen desire to go beyond the framework of academic traditions, despite his popularity in the artistic circles of Vienna society.
In 1895, Klimt painted the painting "Love." She is one of the works in which a cardinal change of style to modernism is clearly visible. The influence of impressionism and symbolism is also traced in the new style of the artist.
At first glance at the picture, it is perceived as an image of idealized happiness. Before us is a couple in love. The faces of the characters are somewhat blurry, but the artist conveys them with almost photographic authenticity. The romantic mood of the composition is added by the golden borders framing it with delicate roses. However, upon closer examination of the work, we understand that the first impression was misleading.
The author expresses the feelings and mood of the girl through the expression on her face. The heroine of his canvas is under the control of her love. This is evidenced by her head thrown back, pose and slightly parted lips. The young man’s look is cold and suspicious. In lilac - gray fog, we see several more female images - a child, a woman and a gloomy old woman. Together, these images in the background cause not the most pleasant sensations; they look more like a fragment of a bad dream captured in a picture. These three figures seem to remind us of the fragility of human life, and perhaps hint at the shortness of feelings.
In his work, Klimt not only portrayed the beauty of love, but also put into it the idea that feelings between people are inextricably linked with death, since all the beautiful in this world ends sooner or later.
And Kuindzhi Birch Grove