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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Fruit Garden

Gustav Klimt's classic oil on canvas painting, Fruit Garden, illustrates a beautiful array of colors that intertwines with classic brushstrokes showcasing an impressionism style.

Klimt was a prominent artist within his time, and is known for his alive realist paints, Byzantine mosaics and transition into impressionism landscapes. The artist's most famous work covers the beautiful array of gold and bronze metals, used to accentuate the scenery of portraits favouring the female form. Klimt was passionate and seized by the momentum of the female body and the sexually inviting aesthetic it carried alongside it.

His brushstrokes revolutionized the work of his era, working with colleagues and studying previous prominent artists to cultivate his work. As Klimt's identify is mostly praised for his bronze craftsmanship, the artist incorporated different styles for different settings. He painted an array of landscape pieces in an impressionist style to showcase its form, as evident with Fruit Garden.

The painting illustrates a wide garden, filled with flowers, vegetation and fruit. Many of the artist's landscape drawing were based on flat surfaces, however the painting carries depth within the piece, based on its angel. The frame is filled with lush vegetation, in a green colour scheme throughout the piece. A green apple tree stands near the right of the canvas, a signature style of Klimt.

The artist had painted three paintings previous that showcased the beauty and form of the apple tree. The Golden Apple Tree incorporated his classic style, Apple Tree I carried a signature mosaic style, and Apple Tree II was based on the brush strokes of impressionalism. These array of paintings carried a symbolic meaning for the artist, however remains unknown what it symbolized.

As Klimt spent his summers in the countryside, near Lake Attersee, he was engulfed in beautiful scenery that influenced his work. The artist was most likely sick of the common city, and felt that he would transition into painting landscapes. His work took on his own form, steering away from his colleges and the popular pieces at the time to focus on a style that made him happy.

The piece carries the positive emotion as it is filled with bright flowers as bushes of roses scatter the scene in a light pink colour. These flowers seize the attention of the viewer, as they are nicely placed in a pattern hat showcases each one. The remainder of the grass is filled with Gustav Klimt's signature multi-coloured flowers, in shades of red, purple and white. These flower grow wildly, not cultivates as the roses are. Towards the left of the canvas, a small trail is drawn elongating the canvas towards the centre of the piece.

The scene is most taken from the countryside Klimt explored during his summer getaway, or perhaps a memory he carried dearly to himself, that he reinvented on the canvas. The impressionist technique through the painting lightly blends the colour together, however the flowers are each prominent on their own. The artist used a soft quick brush movement to manifest the grass and different textures throughout the piece.