Description of the painting by Gustav Klimt “The Tree of Life”

The creation of this canvas is associated with the name of the tycoon Adolf Stockwe, who in 1904 decided to build a huge family. At that time, it was fashionable to paint paintings on and inside buildings, so the Vienna industrialist invited several artists (including Gustav Klimt), offering them a contract.

The industrialist was fond of Japanese art, so Klimt decided to draw an appropriate picture that would complement the overall design. As a result, the famous “Tree of Life” appeared, consisting of three elements - expectation, rapture and the tree of life itself.

The name carries a symbolic meaning and encourages the viewer to think: perhaps the artist tried to depict the biblical tree of the mind or to illustrate the genealogical tree of all mankind. The branches of the tree can be attributed to the symbol of infinity - the branches meet and intertwine with each other, creating a real maze of leaves and unusual decorations.

More attentive viewers can find a large number of triangles, squares and ovals. Specialists claim that these symbols are considered masculine and feminine among the Japanese. Among Europeans, these symbols are associated with the works of Sigmund Freud (it is worth noting that Klimt read his works). Who knows, maybe this great Freud inspired the artist to create such an unusual picture.

Klimt spent more than 6 years in his workshop, working on a golden tree - the central symbol of the painting. It is not for nothing that the artist turned to the golden color, symbolizing life. This is the main color of the picture, the rest play the role of appendages to the golden tree. In general, about the symbolism of the picture, you can write not a separate article, but a whole book, so we limited ourselves to central symbols. And the only correct explanation for the picture is not, everyone understands it in their own way.

Mikaloyus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

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