a pair from my Klimt series, inspired by the portraits of Austrian society women elegantly captured in the portraits by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). This creation pays homage to Klimt's masterpiece, "Adele Bloch-Bauer," a pinnacle of his mesmerizing "golden phase." The painting beautifully fuses realism and abstraction, presenting Adele's dress in a highly stylized and Byzantine manner, adorned with exotic symbols that evoke intrigue.
Drawing inspiration from the distinctive shape created by the renowned Italian shoemaker Pietro Yantorny (1874-1936), celebrated as the "most expensive shoemaker in the world," these ceramic shoes exude the same level of sophistication and craftsmanship. While they are not wearable, they serve as artistic interpretations that pay homage to the opulence of the era.
Every aspect of these ceramic shoes has been carefully designed to reflect Klimt's highly stylized and Byzantine approach. There are enigmatic Egyptian eyes ensconced within triangles and the mesmerizing Mycenaean spiral scrolls, mirroring the exotic symbols adorning Adele's dress. The shoes come alive with ornate details and metallic accents on the patterning, braiding and beads, capturing the golden hues prevalent in Klimt's masterpiece. This fusion of artistry and craftsmanship serves as a testament to the allure and captivating spirit of Adele Bloch-Bauer's portrait.