#FridayPainting: Koloman Moser “Vision of Eternity”

Simplicity lies not in omission, but in synthesis.” Koloman Moser

I confess that I have no idea how this painting reflects a “Vision of Eternity” other than the woman appears to be asleep, her face turned to the side. Is she standing or lying down? Why does her hand appear to block the viewer?

Even though I do not fully understand the painting, I was drawn to the colour, the perspective and the calmness of face. The question that came to me as I viewed this artwork: what is the difference between infinity and eternity? That question led me down a rabbit hole.

The short answer is that eternity is with us at all times. There is no beginning or end. Infinity, on the other hand, is defined as an unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity.

As you can imagine, there is a robust debate on this subject dating back to ancient times!

Koloman Moser (1868-1918) was a Austrian artist, a contemporary of Gustav Klimt, who had considerable influence on 20th century graphic art. He was one of the foremost artists of the Vienna Secession.

Six years Klimt’s junior, Moser shared with the creator of The Kiss (1907) a passionate belief that art in Vienna had grown far too fusty and academic in its prejudices. Together with a clutch of avant-garde architects and painters (including Wilhelm Bernatzik, Josef Hoffmann, Max Kurzweil, and Joseph Maria Olbrich), Moser and Klimt established a new consortium of contemporary energy that sought to challenge conservative artistic norms, especially those that demanded fealty to nationalist themes and subjects.” BBC