Hi this is my latest painting and one of my most complicated painting to date. This is called "After Hygieia (Medicine) by Gustav Klimt ", my homage to Klimt's painting he did for the University of Vienna. This is my interpretation of the masters painting, best known for the painting called "The Kiss". below is the history of how this painting came about and how it was destroyed by the Nazis. This is before I encase it in resin as if I tried to take a picture of it, the resin acts and looks like a sheet of glass and would reflect the light and I couldn't get a decent picture to post. But in the flesh it would look super glossy and colours enhanced.
In 1894, Klimt was commissioned to paint the ceilings in the University of Viennas great hall. The commission included three paintings, Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. When Klimt presented them to the university upon completion, they were determined to be pornographic in nature, and filled with perverted excess. The university would not display them. Medicine was the second painting in the series, and depicted the river of life, and the continuity of life and death, and had no allusions to medicine or the science of healing. Because of this, he was attacked by critics, who pointed out that Vienna at the time was engaging in major medical advancements, and that the painting did not depict anything about either prevention or cure. In 1945, the paintings were destroyed in Germany by advancing forces, the only remaining portions being a photograph of a portion of Medicine, and certain drawings and preliminary sketches.
Acrylic & encased in resin , Sides painted , no need to frame.
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