Many of Klimt's images from the Salzkammergut district, where he stayed every year with Emilie Floge, 'were of the spectacular alpine lake, the Attersee, which he first painted in 1901. These
scenes, like the Schloss Kammer, were usually studied from the water, Klimt rowing out onto the lake to paint during lazy mornings or afternoons, with Emilie at his side. Klimt's landscapes
were primarily concerned with capturing a world unaffected by the rapid changes, both industrial and political, associated with his city life.
Many Klimt's landscapes featured only nature, a spiritualized world devoid of mankind. Although this work includes the castle, it is as a symbol of a bygone age, and, like buildings in other works, is gradually being absorbed into the scenery, as though consumed by the landscape. Nature is in command here as the highly decorative yellow-blue-green Impressionist mass rapaciously grows across the surface, engulfing all in its wake. The sensation is augmented by the flat perspective which reduces the castle's dimensions and helps merge it in to the color mass. The bright green and yellow banding at the bottom heralds Klimt's important and influential discovery of Henri Matisse, whose revolutionary colorwork was first shown at the Kunstschau 1909 exhibition.
Most Famous Gustav Klimt Paintings
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt
The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze by Gustav Klimt
The Sunflower by Gustav Klimt
Death and Life by Gustav Klimt
Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt
Birch Forest by Gustav Klimt
Lady with Fan by Gustav Klimt
Danae by Gustav Klimt
The Three Ages of Woman by Gustav Klimt
Judith and the Head of Holofernes by Gustav Klimt