Description of the painting by Gustav Klimt “Judith with the head of Holofernes”

Description of the painting by Gustav Klimt Judith with the head of Holofernes

Judith is a feminine character; she is a widow who saved her entire Jewish race from enemies. Assyrians besieged her hometown, the widow had to change clothes and go to the camp of the damned foe. She was a very attractive maiden and the commander of the enemy side could not ignore her charms.

In his chambers he comforted himself with a beautiful body and drank himself in wine. After the man fell asleep, the girl cut off his head and proudly brought it to the feet of her people. This story has inspired many artists of all time. Gustav Klimt was no exception. He portrayed his image of a bold and desperate woman.

In his understanding, Judith is a femme fatale. He depicted her coming out of the tent of the enemy. The girl did not have time to put herself in order and did not even sweep the edges of her robe. Her breasts peek out from under her dress. The head in the hand is not immediately evident. The author sought to show her proud and slightly arrogant look. In this battle, she became a real winner and it doesn’t matter that the enemy was drunk and in a state of sleep. The heroine still remains a fragile, female person who is ready to fight to the last.

He painted the picture in 1901. Posed for this portrait of the wife of a famous banker in Venice. The work was carried out for several years, then a new relationship with a foreign spouse arose. In the end, the world saw a contradictory canvas. On the one hand, this is a woman who has become a savior. She thought about the victory of the people and therefore gave her charms to Holofernes. Many condemn her, because it was more revenge and anger at the entire male population.

Everyone knows that the young maid was unhappy in her marriage, she did not even cry after learning about the death of her husband. The author uses solar paints as a symbol of victory and a new period in the life of Jews. But the heroine’s eyes are almost closed, it is unclear she is happy with this execution, or regrets her murder.

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