Painters Paintings Gustav Klimt (1862-1918): Judith and the Head of Holofernes, 1901, Oil on canvas…
Painters Work Gustav Klimt (1862-1918): Judith and the Head of Holofernes, 1901,
Oil on canvas, 84 × 42 cm (33 1/10 × 16 1/2 in),
Belvedere Museum @belvederemuseum (Österreichische Galerie), Vienna . .
On this ‘Judith and Holofernes’ scene, Klimt emphasizes the erotic pressure of the second. His Judith appears to be in ecstasy: eyes half closed, open mouth, her costume in disarray. She is a femme fatale: a dominant girl who makes use of her magnificence so as to humiliate a person.
Wearing a stupendous robe, Judith succeeds in seducing the enemy warlord Holofernes. In his tent she decapitates him. The artist was clearly fascinated by the topic of Dying and Sexuality.
The work is considerably like a Byzantine icon, with lavish use of gold leaf within the background and on the Jugendstil body.
The body was made by Gustav’s brother Georg.