The rich colors and “bubbles” of some of the papers I have altered with Citra Solv often make me think of the work of Gustav Klimt, an Austrian artist of the late 1800s to early 1900s. I finally decided to mimic one of his pieces with a mixed media collage. I chose one of my favorites, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I“ finished by Klimt in 1907, not realizing that a movie about it is being released this year! It seems that it is one of many pieces of art confiscated during the Holocaust, and then later reclaimed by the family. A Woman in Gold is the account of the fight to have the piece returned to the family of Adele.
Klimt took 3 years to complete his 52 x 52 inch oil and gold on canvas, commissioned by Adele’s husband. My version, “Addie” is only 12 x 12, and is a collage of Citra Solv altered papers with acrylic paint on a wood panel. I didn’t try to make it an exact representation, just a similar pose with everything except her face and arms very flat appearing. I also added in some geometric shapes in acrylic, and added some touches in gold paint.
A fun use of Citra Solv altered papers!