The Blood of Fish by Gustav Klimt (1898)

Art by Gustav Klimt

“Connecting the human and natural worlds, the floating women, who may represent warm-blooded water nymphs or perhaps cold-blooded temptresses, are ecstatic participants in the water’s movement, giving themselves up to pleasure.”

— N.F. Karlins, from Temptresses, Hot & Cold

“[The] imagery embodies Klimt’s metaphysical view of life as endless floating form. Cropped on all four sides, the composition flows diagonally upward, having no beginning or end. The figures seem ethereal, with their long hair becoming one with their aqueous medium.”

— from The J. Paul Getty Museum
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