The Tree of Life, 1905 by Gustav Klimt
The art critic Ludwig Hevesi wrote about Klimt's works:
In the spiralling branches of the Tree of Life are reasonably life like birds and butterflies. This tree design is interesting in that it is the only surviving example of a landscape in which Klimt used gold.
Ornament to Klimt is a metaphor of matter itself in a state of perpetual mutation, ceaselessly evolving, turning, spiralling, undulating, twisting, a violent whirlwind that assumes all shapes, zigzags of lightning and flickering tongues of serpents, tangles of vines, links of chains, flowing veils, fragile threads.