Trivium Art HistoryGustav Klimt

Hope 1

Hope 1, 1903 — Gustav Klimt
189.2 cm67 cm

Hope 1 is an Art Nouveau, Symbolist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Gustav Klimt in 1903. It lives at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa in Canada. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Women, Death in Art, and Pregnancy. Source

Gustav Klimt was a leading figure in the Vienna Secession. He is regarded as one of the greatest decorative painters of his time. His bold portrayal of pregnancy contravened standards of propriety in turn-of-the-century Vienna, forcing the withdrawal of the painting from his first Secession retrospective. In this richly symbolic painting, Klimt juxtaposes the promise of new life with the destructive forces of death. Despite the monstrosities around her, the pregnant woman remains calm and unperturbed, confident of the renewal within her. In preliminary sketches for this painting the tone is more positive: the sketches show a couple within a landscape reflecting upon their happiness. Klimt's decision to change the composition may have stemmed from his reaction to the death of his second son during infancy in 1902.

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