Gustav Klimt is known for his paintings, murals and sketches, with the female body being a primary inspiration for his work. The early 1900s saw Klimt go through his ‘Golden Phase’, which was critically and commercially successful for him. This period is defined by his bold use of gold leaf and abstract depictions of the human form.
The tree of life has been used by many cultures to symbolise the connection between heaven and the underworld. The sacred tree having many religious or philosophical connotations. Klimt’s The Tree of Life was painted in 1909 in the style of Art Nouveau. It was commissioned as a series of three mosaics to be displayed in the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, Belgium. This Stoclet Frieze also included a standing female figure and an embracing couple.