Gustav Klimt’s Mother and Child is a masterly embodiment of the sexual and psychological themes popular in the heady bohemian world of early-twentieth century Vienna. Klimt’s frequent return to the female body as the site and stage where upon aesthetic games could be played out usually situated the feminine form as an expression of pure eroticism. Mother and Child however, is no simple reproduction of the style that emblematized his Gold period, but a gentle meditation on the literal and figurative bareness of the mother-child relationship - nudes stripped of their eroticism and imbued with care and affection.
A distinct likeness can be found with the work of Klimt’s friend and fellow Viennese Secessionist, Egon Schiele who, much younger than Klimt, came of age during a time in which the ideas of Freud and the popularity of existentialism were being disseminated. Existentialism stressed the important of the nature of existence over the nature of wildlife. Philosophers espoused the idea that that which is learned and the creation of meaning in one’s own life is tantamount. Scheiele, arguably more radical and subversive than Klimt, was interested in the themes of passion, death, and the sacred. He painted disjointed, seemingly dismembered nude portraits and self-portraits in a fraught exploration of the innocence and fragility of the human form.
Yet Klimt’s approach to the concept of being and the childhood phrases of Freud takes on a more tender angle in Mother and Child, as Klimt is captivated by the ability of limbs and joints to seemingly dislocate in an attempt to form a closer embrace. Not only are the mother and child connected, they are yearning to be aesthetically and formally one whole, together with the organic filigree. Like Klimt, Scheiele was party to huge controversy in his lifetime, arrested in 1912 for obscenity. Mother and Child seems to find a shared plane with the work of Schiele, offering expression over ornament, and emotive power over decoration.
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