Gustav Klimt painted Hope II during his Golden Era phase, between the years of 1907 and 1908. Up to this point in art history, portraits of pregnant women and pregnancy on oils were rare. This - along with the ornamental style created with oil and gold leaf filled with dense Byzantine symbologies - makes this a unique and quite exquisite piece of art. The piece is squared and the model is portrayed on the center of the canvas, looking to the left-hand side. There are researches that suggest that the skull resting on the woman’s belly makes a parallel between sex and death, based on the psychoanalysis from Sigmund Freud.
She gently looks down at her body, where a single skull rests on top of her pregnant belly. Her expression suggests she would be praying for the health and prosperity of her offspring. Her chest is naked but her shoulders are covered. She has straight brown hair running down the back of her neck tied to her head following the shapes of her head and neck. She has a skinny bony face detailed in tones of blue and the classical rosy cheeks. Her lips are thin but bright red and her eyebrows are very dark.
The mantle is stamped with several colors and patterns. It’s mostly covered in warm tones, on a bright warm red background covered by golden circles with pink, green, blue and black centers. Down her waist, it has a more intricate and geometrical pattern, composted by green, rose and blue triangles and swirls. Brushstrokes also get more intense and vigorous.
There is the presence of the heads of three women with different hair colors bowing as if they were drowning on Herma’s mantle. Her hands are spread pointing upwards, as if they were asking for a blessing, praying or mourning. Their eyes are delicately shut and their faces are very bland and serious. The background is covered with a textured dark golden leaf.
This piece has been part of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) collection, in New York. It was sold to the museum in 1978, by the private collector and previous owner, Hands Barnas.
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