Poetry Woman Holding Harp Art Nouveau from Beethoven Frieze by Klimt 11.5HPN# KL27
This statue of Poetry is a tranquil female figure holding a kithara. It is part of the right panel of the allegorical Beethoven frieze which Klimt painted for the Sezession exhibition held in 1902. It was centered round Max Klinger's sculpture of Beethoven.
The Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt was originally intended as an ephemeral work of art and, like the other decorative paintings, it was to be removed after the close of the exhibition. It was only owing to fortunate circumstances, that the frieze was not destroyed as planned: the Secession was to present the following year a major Klimt retrospective (XVIIIth exhibition, 1903), and it was decided to leave the work of art in place.
The painting shows the stages which man, and in particular the artist, has to go through during the quest for great happiness. In the end poetry manages to satisfy this desire for great happiness. Poetry is symbolized by a figure inspired by paintings on vases from ancient Greece. She plays her Kithara, a type of lyre given to mankind by the god Apollo, from which the word guitar is derived.
- Material: Collectible quality, resin with hand-painted color details, matte and glossy finish.
- Statue replica is from the highly collectible Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection. PN KL27
- Included: Description card about artist and artwork.
- Dimensions: 11.5 in. x 4 in. x 1.75 in. Weighs 1 lb.
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