Roses under the Trees Gustav Klimt Buy Art Prints Now
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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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When viewed from up close, this work might even be misconstrued as a work of Jackson Pollock. It is only when we step back that the entirety of this form can be appreciated.

The use of greens, blues, mauves, pinks and oranges adds a sense of depth to this work while the only discrete forms are two sturdy trunks found in the forefront of the painting.

Thus, the close-up abstract nature of Roses Under the Trees enjoys a delicate balance with the rather symbolist feel of the entire piece. Some have argued that Avenue in Schloss Kammer Park reflects a similar quality (albeit to a lesser extent).

We can view a number of unique aspects within Roses Under the Trees. It is interesting to see his use of dabs of colour as opposed to the stark and flowing lines that define many of his other pieces.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this piece is the fact that only small glimpses of the sky can be seen. In fact, his copious use of colours leaves us wondering whether or not he loathed the concept of empty space.

Indeed, the fact that virtually every centimetre of the canvas is covered by a melange of colours suggests this fact.

Regardless of how this painting is interpreted by the viewer, the fact of the matter is that it stands out dramatically when contrasted with his other works; particularly those created during his so-called "golden phase".

Gustav Klimt was one of the most influential symbolist painters of his time. Although he was primarily concerned with the erotic nature of the female form, he enjoyed quite a bit of fame in reference to his selection of landscape paintings.

It is also worthwhile noting that he was heavily influenced by Japanese art during his formative years.

This can be seen in many of his works; specifically the Beethoven Frieze and Judith II. This is perhaps why Roses Under the Trees has been seen as a slight departure from his normal portfolio.