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Three Ages of Woman

by Gustav Klimt

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Three Ages of Woman - Description

Three Ages of Women was painted in 1905 by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. This piece speaks for the sublime power inhabited by women so often depicted by Gustav Klimt in his compositions. The symbolism Three Ages of Women can be seen in the way that the woman advances from a helpless child to the full power of adulthood and finally into the eventual agony of old age. The child and mother, ignorant of their coming demise due to the aura of health and love about them, eventually transform into the gnarled, pot bellied form in the middle ground. Adorning this painting is Klimts signature addition of a juxtaposition between light and dark spaces, highlighted with gold to give the piece a definite mystical emotion. Prevalent in the space behind the old woman are Klimts signature circles as well, yellow and white complimenting the orange hue. Three Ages of Women manages to capture through color the feelings of both immense warmth as well as the unavoidable blackness that threatens the elderly mind. There is a strong sense of mortality at work in this piece. For this reason the solid black strip hangs at the top of the painting. It is in the background and can be avoided but not missed. The blackness, even when forgotten while gazing at the brighter elements of this piece, still hangs dramatically and never truly goes away. Notice also how the old woman stands on a surface of black.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Three Ages of Woman

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Nudes
Style: Art Nouveau
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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