Rosiers sous les arbres
c1905 by Gustav Klimt
Klimt is better known for his lovers; people lying enveloping one another, naked skin among fantastically coloured dotted fabric. The difference in subject in this painting immediately attracts; his style is still apparent but it has been adapted for nature. Colours are cooler; the vibrant oranges and reds that frequent Klimt’s canvases have been replaced with greens and blues, emphasising the freshness of leaves and grass compared to the warmth of human flesh. However, yellow is still picked out in the fruit of the tree, reminding us – as do many of Klimt’s humanistic paintings – of life renewed. It is a fantastic painting in its pattern and detail; when walking through the Musée d’Orsay it clearly stands out, despite its excellent company.