Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Gustav Klimt–An Unknown Baby, Crazy Quilt Cradle

Gustav Klimt, Baby (Cradle), 1917-1918, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Austrian artistic superstar Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is best known for his “golden” portraits of clients like Adele Bloch-Bauer and the erotic The Kiss. However, one of his last works is of a baby atop what seems like a quilted mountain of multi-colored patterns and textures.  Can you see the face that seems to emerge near the middle of the painting?  Or is that my imagination?

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