One of Gustav Klimt’s later works, The Dancer (1916) displays elements of Japonism and the strong influence of Matisse that would pervade the artist’s works until his death in 1918. In contrast to the success of his portrait commissions during his Gold period, The Dancer was rejected by the commissioners for unknown reasons, perhaps because of its hyperbolic color scheme. The identity of the model is mysterious. The family of Alexander and Aranka Munch commissioned the portrait which they repeatedly ordered changed, and finally for a replacement to be made. Evidence points to the model being a posthumous painting of their daughter, which would seem unusual on account of her naked torso. Painted with somber pastel tones, the contents give no hint of the physical movement hinted at in the title. Instead, the stylized floral backdrop appears to dance around the subject, her shoes giving the only enigmatic hint of her talent. Klimt focuses on the ornaments of her attire – ribbons, and a handful of daffodils in her hand – in accordance with the portraiture style of his reproductions of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
A clue to why the family might have rejected such a remarkable piece is in the fact that Klimt was employing quite diverse influences that may have been a little too much for a family requesting a reproduction of their daughters likeness from the man responsible for the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Klimt was clearly influenced by Japonism, a European visual style that had relished the wood-block prints that had made their way to Britain and western Europe in the late nineteenth century. The prints were notable for their avoidance of perspective or shadow, stark areas of color, and a low axis of perspective that greatly influenced the iconoclastic movements of Art Nouveau and Cubism.
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