I stupidly decided to take a literature unit as an elective at uni (forgetting that I would have to actually read books for it, whoops lol), and now I have to do this creative writing alternate ending to one of the books we’ve read for class and because it’s such a gross assessment I have put it off and now it’s due tomorrow at 4pm and I am in trouble with a capital T
Portraits of women by Gustav Klimt after 1900 almost resemble mosaics. The term AESTHETIC DECORATION is used mostly to describe this. It’s use means that there is no reference to the sitter’s location, family, interests, etc, as mainly their hands, face and decolletage are the only things peeking out of the geometrical patterns that surround them.
It is possible to read the portraits as the sitters being marooned from the world and many scholars have noted that the overt use of aesthetic decoration symbolizes the isolation felt by Klimt, and how he had withdrawn into himself and his art shortly after he renounced the University of Vienna commission in 1904.