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Spring

LENZ, Maximilian (1860 - 1948)

Spring

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 174.2 x 365.7 cm

Acquired: 1978; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 589

Lenz studied with Gustav Klimt at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna and in 1897 was a co-founder of the Vienna Secession. In 1903 he accompanied Klimt on a visit to Ravenna, where both artists were deeply impressed by the hieratic style and decorative use of gold in the Byzantine mosaics. This allegorical figure of Spring accompanied by a peacock dates from around 1904. At the left a couple in contemporary dress watch four dancing nymphs. Its large scale suggests that this work was intended for an architectural setting.

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