Gustav Klimt (1862–1918): Lady with Fan, 1917 - 1918, Oil1/28/2021, 3:34:27 PM
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918): Lady with Fan, 1917 - 1918, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, Leopold Museum, Vienna The 'Lady with Fan' was one of the two last paintings of Klimt. It was on the easel of the artist's workshop at the time when he has died. It reflects both the influence of the Japonism trend in modern art and Klimt's "Golden Style", inspired by Byzantine mosaics. The figure in the painting wears a wide, kimono-like dress, adorned with the motifs of a Chinese dragon. The background is covered with Asian motifs. Behind the head of the figure is a phoenix whose tail feathers seem to be an extension of the hairstyle, next to a crane or heron and lotus flowers. The Phoenix is a symbol of immortality and rebirth. In China, it stands for luck and loyalty; and just like the heron, the crane stands for a happy, old age. The lotus flowers can be interpreted in the Chinese tradition as a symbol of love and happy marriage, in Buddhism they stand for the teachings of Buddha and are generally a symbol of purity. 'Lady with Fan' sums up the artist's evolution of style. A mix of the reverent and erotic, fine art and ornament, the artwork is a wonderful tribute to the legacy of an exuberant, adventurous and groundbreaking painter.