BY PATRICIA DUFF
Sept. 27, 2013
I read somewhere that the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt never used the same model twice. His only exception was his “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” sometimes referred to as the “Lady in Gold.” He must have seen something special in her because he painted her again in “Adele Bloch-Bauer II.”
Rob Schouten’s homage to Klimt, “Dani and the Tree of Life,” was painted for an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that all paid homage to the Old Masters. The show happens every summer at Froggwell Gardens on Whidbey Island in August. Schouten said it was a confluence of circumstances that led him to choose Klimt as his source of inspiration. Klimt was one of the founders of the Viennese Secession school of art. Schouten is a magic-realist painter.
Schouten’s oil on canvas, “Dani and the Tree of Life,” is on display for sale at the Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm.