Measures: 50 x 20 cm
Technique: Water- and Goldcolours on parchment
Depository: Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Wasserschlangen marks a climax within Klimt’s oeuvre. Involvement with underwater beings was for the Symbolists a way to articulate the unexploited transcendental universes to humans. Additionally it provided the possibility to show the feminine body in an erotic context without fearing censorship. Klimt’s ornamental ingenuity in Wasserschlangen is unreached and the plain beauty of ornament could not have been visualized any better.