Analysis of Danaë by Gustav Klimt

Danaë (1907) by Gustav Klimt. Oil on canvas. 77 x 83 cm. Private collection. Image source Wikimedia Commons

When does a line become sensuous? When does a contour become carnal?

Gustav Klimt liked lines and contours. Perhaps we can call them “Art Nouveau curves” — those whiplash lines that were particularly popular at the turn of the last century. The line is an approximate S curve, a sinuous ribbon that flexes in…

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