Hope II, 1907-08
His wall mural, Beethoven's Frieze, is interesting: wispy women floating wraith-like around the walls, the artist as a knight-errant setting out to battle the monster Typhoon in the shape of a huge ape flanked by his medusa daughters, the chorus of women suspended in the air, their feet pointing down. The narrative climaxes in an embrace of naked man and woman, blue stringy lines around their feet looking like pants they have just let drop.
The other paintings on show are very famous ones. I really like The Dancer, a sweetness about the face and posture. The use of flowers and tapestries to flatten traditional perspective. The six Japanese-like figures floating in the left background, like cherubs around the new Madonna.
The Dancer, 1916-1918
Adele is obviously Klimt. Her distorted hands show off her long, slender fingers.
Adele Bloch-Bauer, 1907