The hope II (Die Hoffnung) - Gustav Klimt
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- Date of Creation: 1907-1908
- Art Movement: Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Hope II (in German, Die Hoffnung II) was the second of Klimt's works to focus on a pregnant woman, both depicting Herma, one of his favourite models.
She is wearing a long dress or cloak decorated with geometric shapes. She has long brown hair and closed eyes, bowing her head towards her bare breasts and burgeoning abdomen. An incongruous human skull appears attached to the front of her clothing – perhaps a sign of the dangers of labour, or possibly a memento mori (in Hope I, she is also accompanied by a skull and several deathlike figures). At the foot of the painting, three women also bow their heads, as if praying or perhaps mourning.
About the Artist:
Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism.
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