The Beethoven Frieze was originally intended as an ephemeral work of art and, like the other decorative paintings, it was to be removed after the close of the exhibition. It was only owing to fortunate circumstances, that the frieze was not destroyed as planned: the Secession was to present the following year a major Klimt retrospective (XVIIIth exhibition, 1903), and it was decided to leave the work of art in place.
The tranquil female figure, holding a kithara, is part of the right panel of the allegorical Beethoven frieze which Klimt painted for the Sezession exhibition held in 1902, which was centered round Max KlingerÕs sculpture of Beethoven. The painting shows the stages which man, and in particular the artist, has to go through during the quest for great happiness. In the end poetry manages to satisfy this desire. Poetry is symbolized by a figure inspired by paintings on vases from ancient Greece. She plays her Kithara, a sort of lyre given to mankind by the god Apollo, from which the word guitar is derived.
Parastone, a renown European collectible figurine manufacturer, has masterfully brought to life the legendary iconic painting of Poetry from the Beethoven Frieze by Art Nouveau master artist Gustav Klimt, as 3D statue adaptations in the greatest detail.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a prominent member of an innovating group of artists called 'Sezession' and is considered to be one of the main pioneers of modern art. Apart from this, his ornamental Jugendstil style evokes an irresistible feeling which is inspired by the 'fin-de-siecle' of 19th century Vienna: elitist, liberal-middle class, decadent, pleasantly-decorative. His work is extremely recognizable due to his monumental style combined with Byzantine-like ornamental art and classical symbolism, created against the background of romanticism which was so characteristic of his time. In Sezession's own words: "Art guides us to an ideal realm, the only place where we will be able to find pure joy, pure happiness and pure love. A choir of angels from paradise. Joy given by divine sparkles. That kiss from the entire world!"
Size: 11.5 in. x 4 in. x 1.75 in.
Item Type: statue
Material: bonded stone
Weight (lbs): 1