The 2023 Art Calendar Reveal
On January 1st of every year, we have the Art Calendar Reveal. It has been a tradition in our home for over 14 years, ever since I first discovered the page-a-day Art Gallery Calendar.
This year, Gustav Klimt’s painting “Fulfillment” (Stoclet Frieze) completed between 1905 -1909 graced January 1, 2023.
As I viewed the painting, words like belonging and welcome came to mind. What a perfect way to begin the year that promised a new artwork “reveal” with every page that was turned.
But there is more to the story of “Fulfillment” beyond this painting as I soon discovered when I looked for the backstory.
This painting, entitled “The Embrace” is part of a series of three mosaics created by the Gustav Klimt for a commission from the Stoclet Palace in Brussels. The three mosaics – “The Expectation”, “Knight” and “The Embrace” were originally displayed on three separate walls, with the Knight mosaic positioned centrally and the larger mosaics, each centering on a Tree of Life motif, positioned on walls to the left and right.
The mosaics form a part of a larger commission by the Belgian financier Adolphe Stoclet and his wife Suzanne, which was completed in 1911. “Fulfillment” was for the internal walls of the dining room in the Palais Stoclet, Brussels.
The concept of the tree of life is illustrated in “Fulfillment” in a bold and original manner, with the swirling branches creating mythical symbolism. It also suggests the perpetuity of life, with the branches reaching for the sky and the roots connecting to the underworld. The painting also symbolizes the union between man’s greatest virtues: strength, wisdom, and beauty.
“Fulfillment” is considered one of Gustav Klimt’s most recognizable works.
I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I’m not certain of whether it’s true ”Gustav Klimt