Unit 6 Post



Unit 6, Dr Munger’s unit, focused on art and abstraction as a form of revolution, especially when it challenges one’s view of the world around them. I designed presentation and handout above for an assignment to explain how Gustav Klimt’s art is an example of abstraction. On a surface level, the incorporation of gold leaf as a distinguishing feature of Klimt’s work stands out as a symbol of “value.” However, the revolutionary value of Klimt’s work lies within his commitment to artistic freedom, as demonstrated by the Vienna Secession’s motto: “To each age its art, to art its freedom.”

Klimt’s work, although it was influenced by ancient Byzantine and Egyptian styles, challenged the composition of mainstream artwork with a realistic subject contrasted with a two-dimensional, geometrical background. Additionally, Klimt challenged the modest societal standards of early 20th century Western Europe by incorporating female nudity into his work. This artistic choice defied the conservative values of Klimt’s audience, by encouraging the portrayal of female sexuality in the public forum.