Measures: 80 x 145 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: Privately owned
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.
Wasserschlangen II is unlike Wasserschlagen I larger in scale. This could result out of the plain fact that the first version was on parchment and thus could only be shown to a private group of connoisseurs.