After Klimt Paintings "Medicine" and "Beethoven Frieze"
Gustav Klimt was commissioned to paint 3 monumental paintings for the ceiling of the Grand Hall at the University of Vienna in 1894. When Klimt completed and presented his paintings(Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence), they were determined to be too pornographic and otherwise showed perverted excess, and would not be displayed. 'Medicine' was most controversial, depicting The River of Life, the continuity of life and death, oodles of nude females and an ominous skeleton and a potentially fresh out of the womb baby😀buuuut was void of any hints of medicinal science or healing... Klimt was damned by critics and as a result, swore off state commissions, being DONE with censorship and worked only for private collectors for the rest of his life.
My favorite part of this story is that his following painting was a total clapback titled "Goldfish (to my critics)" in which the central figure was a swimming female, gayly looking over her shoulder baring her nude buttocks directly toward the viewer...
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