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Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life (1909) from the Stoclet Frieze is a triumph of art nouveau style and substance, unifying the allegories of the Symbolist movement with Byzantine mosaic and devotional works. As with many of his works from the Gold period, Klimt renders the subject flat, with little sense of depth, and reluctant to conform to any simple reproduction of perspective. The artist’s take on the Biblical Tree of Life incorporates essential elements of the Jugendstil style that Klimt’s work of this period emblematizes, a style that foregrounded floral filigree and took influence from the influx of Japanese wood prints and crafts. The two-dimensionality of the work was a radical idiosyncrasy of form that represented the work of Klimt and his artistic group, the Vienna Secessionists.
The Tree of Life (1909) contains a number of the themes most prevalent in Klimt’s work – the ornamental and decorative approach to symbolic space, the erotic, morbid, and living gestures of the human body, the mythological mingling with earthly visions. Owing a debt to art nouveau architecture, furniture design, jewelry, and font-design, The Tree of Life could be said to encapsulate the Gesamtkunstwerk, or ‘total work of art’, that many pan-German artists of the time aspired to create. The Tree of Life was part of the Stoclet Frieze, along with two other mosaics commissioned for the Palais Stoclet in Brussells. Spread across the walls of the Stoclet dining room, the works were created using a range of luxurious materials such as marble, pearls, semi-precious stones, and gilded tiles. The individuals that commissioned the three mosaics were eclectic art lovers whose tastes spanned Byzantine icons to Egyptian sculpture, as well as works from the New World. Klimt’s ability to tailor his form and content to the tastes of his audience is a testament to his range and scope.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Tree of Life, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Tree of Life 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.