Gustav Klimt, Beethoven Frieze, 1902
Painted for the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition (of which he was the head), this large-scale frieze covered much of the interior of a church. The Vienna Secessionists wee a group that split from the main organization of Vienna artists, and they had as their goal to create more opportunities for up and coming artists, as well as a more democratic group organization.
This frieze was quite controversial because of its overtly sexual themes (prominent in many Klimt works) as well as the “pornographic” renderings of allegorical figures. In this section of the painting, three figures are featured. A knight, representing “armored strength,” a woman in the background holding a wreath of victory symbolizing “ambition,” and a second woman who represents “sympathy,” with a bowed head.
This photograph also given in the
A picture of the entire frieze can be found here.