The picture of the famous Austrian artist of the beginning of the 20th century “Girls” is better known to a narrow circle of connoisseurs of extravagant art as “Three Ages of Woman.” even saturating the picture with phallic symbols.
On the right side of the picture is a baby – a girl, hugging his mother next to her – a young girl in her prime. The characters are naked, but this nudity is so beautiful and charming that it does not cause anything but admiration.
On the left side of the canvas is an old woman, also naked, but far from beautiful, she covers her face with her hand, realizing that her nudity is not beautiful at all – her body is limp, her belly and chest drooped, nothing more resembles the beauty in young age. Women are located on the background of many small and fairly large flowers, as if they are reclining on a flower carpet.
Writing a picture refers to the last years of the artist’s life, the so-called “golden age” in the fate of a genius, the time when he goes on a trip to Venice, Ravenna and Florence and begins to write hard. By the end of the trip, he concludes that his work is too full of details and decides to pay more attention to the psychological side of the picture. It was at this time that naked bodies appear on the canvases, immersed in flowers.
Flower paintings drove half of the residents of Vienna mad, each owner of a fashionable salon was eager to get ready-made, or to order a painting at her own discretion from a distinguished artist. From clients there was no end to the beginning of the First World War, when the paintings of the artist lose their brightness and darken, reflecting the thoughts and feelings of the author about the hostilities.