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LENZ, Maximilian (1860 - 1948)

[image: 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.

Work not on display


Jaime Solis on 18 April 2013, 08:47

I loved this painting. After two years living in Cardiff and ignoring the gallery, I finally visited during an unexpected stay in the city. The sight of this painting around the corner, through the opening, and across the room... Wow! I remember sitting on the bench for a few minutes to contemplate. Such calm power. Such complete beauty.

And I understand by reading the comments that it is no longer on display. Well, I hope this is corrected soon. This is not a minor painting to be kept in a basement for lack of space in the gallery.

alice flagg on 21 January 2012, 19:16

i am in love with this art work,and i so miss it at cardiff,we live in dark times ,and this is so cheerfull ,it warms the soul,

Marie Ferguson on 24 March 2011, 09:49

I miss this beautiful painting - it always took my breath away and brought a smile to my face. Thank you to the museum staff (Tyrone?)for helping me find it on here at least!

Marian Ponting on 19 April 2010, 17:33

Please find a space for this iconic work.

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