« Mère et Enfant » (1905) par Gustave Klimt

Cet atelier initie les enfants à la peinture dans l’esprit de l’Art Nouveau et aux oeuvres du célèbre peintre autrichien, Gustave Klimt.

Suivant les pas de Klimt, les enfants chercheront à produire une oeuvre d’art où les éléments décoratifs et le sujet de la peinture se combinent pour tenter de former un « Gesamtkunstwerk » ou « une oeuvre d’art complète ».

En complément à la peinture, les enfants vont utiliser la technique du collage/mosaïque pour réaliser leur propre oeuvre.


Quelques mots sur Gustav Klimt (en anglais)

Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna, the second of seven children His father, formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver. From an early age, Gustav Klimt exhibited artistic talent in drafting, painting and crafts. However, he lived in poverty for most of his childhood, as work was scarce and the economy difficult for immigrants.

In 1862, he took  the entrance examination for the Kunstgewerbeschule, the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts, and he passed with distinction. Thus, he began his formal training at a time known as the « Ringstrasse Era ». During that time, the city was undergoing massive change. The center was constructed as one giant ring. It was also a time where wealthy merchants patronized  the arts massively. They taste, however, remained very classical.

« Le Baiser » (1907/08) par Gustave Klimt

By 1880, Klimt, his brother and a friend worked as team, the « Company of Artists ». So, Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public buildings on the Ringstraße. In 1888, he was awarded the Golden order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria for his contributions to art. He also became an honorary member of the University of Munich and the University of Vienna.

In 1897, Klimt became one of the founding members and president of the « Wiener Sezession » (Vienna Secession). He remained in the group until 1908. Their goals were to provide exhibitions for unconventional young artists, to bring the best foreign artists works to Vienna, and to publish its own magazine to showcase members’ work. They did not promote a specific kind of work, so Naturalists, Realists and Symbolists all coexisted.

Although, his fame first came from his conventional academic paintings. He  abandoned both the realism, and the approach to historical subject matter, that were characteristic of the 19th century.

« L’arbre de vie » (1909) par Gustav Klimt

Thus, he became one of the most influential exponents of Art Nouveau, the movement which spread throughout Europe in the late 19th century.  It was a reaction to the academic art of the 19th century. Art Nouveau artists, designers and craftsmen were inspired by natural forms and structures, mainly curved lines found in biological shapes, such as plants and flowers.

Art Nouveau is considered a « total » art style. It influenced architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts (jewelery, furniture, textiles lighting, as well as the fine arts, etc.).

It is important to note that Klimt strongly believed that there was little distinction to be made between fine and decorative art. He had the ambition to create a Gesamtkunstwerk (« total work of art »), a union of the visual arts that might be created through ornament. This distinguishes him from other contemporary artists who were deeply opposed to decoration.

Informations pratiques

Date: Samedi 6 mai 2017

Heures: 14:00 à 16:30

Ages: cet atelier est recommandé aux enfants de 6 à 13 ans.

Lieu: Atelier du Square, rue François Bonivard 4, 1201 Genève. Click here to see map.

Tarif*: CHF 55.- par enfant pour un atelier de 2h30, matériel et snacks inclus.

Inscriptions : Merci de télécharger la fiche d’inscription ici. SVP la compléter et signer, la scanner ou la photographier, et la retourner à  eurydice@arts-expression.ch. Le paiement est du à la signature de la fiche d’inscription (voir la partie consacrée aux paiements par e-banking). Merci.

Information : Eurydice Labaki, eurydice@arts-expression.ch, +41 (0) 78 696 12 45