The painting by the famous Austrian artist of the beginning of the 20th century “Girls” is better known to a narrow circle of lovers of extravagant art as “Three ages of a woman.” In the painting, the artist depicts three periods in the life of each woman in the usual manner of writing, without hesitating to depict naked bodies and even saturating the picture with phallic symbols.
On the right side of the picture is a baby - a girl next to her mother hugging him - a young girl in her prime. The characters are naked, but this nudity is so beautiful and charming that it causes nothing but admiration.
On the left side of the canvas is an old woman, also naked, but far from beautiful, she covers her face with her hand, realizing that her nudity is not at all beautiful - her body went limp, her belly and chest sagged, nothing more reminds of the beauty that was inherent in her in young age. Women are located on the background of many small and fairly large flowers, as if reclining on a floral carpet.
The painting refers to the last years of the artist’s life, the so-called “golden age” in the fate of a genius, the time when he travels to Venice, Ravenna and Florence and begins to write intensely. Towards the end of the journey, he concludes that his work is overly full of details and decides to pay more attention to the psychological side of the picture. It was at this time that naked bodies appeared on the canvases, drowning in flowers.
Floral paintings drove crazy half of the residents of Vienna, each owner of a fashion salon sought to get ready-made, or order a painting from a famous artist at her discretion. There was no release from clients until the outbreak of the First World War, when the artist’s canvases lost their brightness and darkened, reflecting the author’s thoughts and feelings about the war.
In the Blue Plows