About Klimt Paperweight – Half Dome – Music I (1895)
A detail of the “Music I” (1895) by Klimt is illustrated on the surface of this glass half dome paperweight.
The oil on canvas originated from a commission by Greek businessman and patron of the arts, Nikolaus Dumba, to decorate two rooms in the Palais Dumba in Vienna. The painting depicts a woman meditatively strumming a lyre in a black dress. The lyre is a traditional symbol of music and this painting is one of several Gustav Klimt produced with a musical theme. On the right is a statue of a sphinx and to the far left you can spot a mask of Silenus, a notable motif found in a number of Klimt “works to signify buried instinctual forces”.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter who was considered to be particularly controversial during his time. Klimt “main subject in his work was the female body. He became known for the highly decorative style and erotic nature of his works, which were seen as a rebellion against the traditional academic art of his time. Klimt was a prominent member of an innovating group of artists called “˜Sezession’ and is considered to be one of the main pioneers of modern art. Apart from this, his ornamental Jugendstil style evokes an irresistible feeling which is inspired by the “˜fin-de-siecle’ of 19th century Vienna: elitist, liberal middle class, decadent, pleasantly-decorative. Klimt Combined monumental style with Byzantine-like ornamental art and classical symbolism, created against the background of romanticism which was so characteristic of his time. His work was criticized for being too sensual and erotic, although they’ve proven today to be some of the most memorable paintings to ever emerge from the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt “Golden Phase” is quite possibly his most widely recognized period of art. This period emerged following positive reactions to his work and subsequent financial success. Many of his paintings during this time, including The Kiss, were made with gold leaf.
- Size: 3in Dia x 1.5inH
- Material: Glass
- Weight (lbs): 0.75 lbs