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Life and Death is an astonishing oil canvas portraying Death in its most literal representation and figuration to life. It was painted when the artist was at the peak of his exploration through the Symbolism, the Art Nouveau, and the Golden Era. His works from this time are intensely ornamental and sensual.
This painting is divided right in the middle. Death to the left, Life to the right. There is a hasty contrast between the shapes, elements, and colors used on each side of the painting, making it intensely symbolical.
Death is represented almost as literal as possible, by the Grim Reaper, looking at the people on the right of the painting with a malevolent smile. The background around death darkens a little in its cold dark tones of grey and cool blue. Death wears a dark mantle, made of crosses and circles. It’s all composed with hues of blue and purple, in very dark and desaturated colors. In its hands, it holds the traditional sickle seen in the most common representations, but unlike in popular media, its head is not covered showing all the details of the skull.
To the right of the painting, there is the mass of people and patterns representing Life. During this phase, Klimt mastered the human figure and sensual representations of the body; evident in this piece. There are eight people entangled, one of the women on the top holding a baby. All the people have candid expressions and are oblivious to the presence of the Death by their side. They lay together over a bed of flowers and patterns, painted in lively colors. Tones of pink and green circle the crowd and shape the right side of the painting.
Beneath the two people on the bottom, there is a pattern made of square shapes in several tones of pink and some colorful flowers being represented by circles inside little squares. The patterns go all around the mass of people, contrasting with their pale skins.
In the middle, a tanned male figure stands out; besides having a very different skin color than the others, this figure has its body worked thoroughly, showing its muscles and an amazing work of light and shadow.
Supposedly, the original background of this painting was done in gold, but Klimt decided to rework in the dark tones of grey and green.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Death and Life 1911, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Death and Life 1911 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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