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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Goldfish, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Goldfish 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.
It has been said that Klimt’s Goldfish was originally to be titled ‘to my critics’, and when looking at the figure in the bottom left, and with a sense of the controversy that surrounded the artist, it’s not hard to see why.
Painted in 1901 and exhibited in 1902, the work falls at the beginning of Klimt’s Golden phase, rich in allegory and reveling in an anarchic decadence which was result of a rejection of materialism. At the end of the nineteenth century, the fin-de-siècle urge manifested itself in Vienna in the form of the Viennese Secession, of which Klimt became the leading member. In Austria at the time power struggles and right wing politics forced the populace to place greater worth in cultural products and their creators. Thus, the Vienna Secession, formed by a group of artists, aimed to locate and depict a shared vision of a new society and to create a new art, an art nouveau.
Klimt’s radical shift in style that ushered in his Gold period was scorned, rejected, and declared obscene by critics and public alike. When commissioned by the government to decorate the ceiling of the great hall in the University of Vienna, Klimt presented a series of three paintings. The first, his Philosophy, was deemed pornographic, and the subsequent two paintings Medicine and Jurisprudence also incited critical scorn. The University rejected his work and from then on Klimt declined all state-sanctioned commissions. Goldfish is said to be a reaction to these criticisms, a slap in the face of public taste and a broad, confident step past the point of no return. It was this brash confidence, freedom of style, and dedication to an ornamental style over pictorial reproduction that would lead Klimt to the creation of his most celebrated works.
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