Artwork of the week #2

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Artwork of the Week is a series of weekly emails we send of public domain art pieces curated by our team for you.

This week’s artwork is…

Mäda Primavesi by Gustav Klimt (1912)

🖼 About this piece

Mäda Primavesi was immortalised in this portrait when she was just nine years old. Wearing white, Klimt deliberately draws you to her confident gaze — Mäda demands to be noticed and heard.

Mäda Primavesi is painted at an interesting time — artistically and historically. 1912 puts this painting at the crossroads between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and in the last few years of peace before WWI.

Looking back, perhaps we see that soon-to-vanish innocence in Mäda’s eyes too — made more poignant as we now know the dark days of war that were just around the corner. For all these reasons, Mäda Primavesi is a beautiful and accomplished study of the last days of childhood and a requiem to a world that would soon vanish.

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🧑‍🎨 The Artist

Gustav Klimt, an Austrian, was one of the most famous members of the Vienna Secession movement. He was often influenced by Japanese art, which you can see in the colours and setting of Mäda Primavesi. Klimt is best known for The Kiss and his mural on the ceiling of Vienna University.

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The painting’s original dimensions are 59 x 43 1/2 in. (149.9 x 110.5 cm)

We recommend printing on our A2 – Wall Art 250. It’s ideal for home or DIY framing and provides exceptional image reproduction.

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