Bauerngarten (Blumengarten),
Painted by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918),
Painted in 1907,
Oil on canvas
© Sold Sotheby’s London, 1 March 2017, lot 11 (£48 million / $59 million)

Bauerngarten (Blumengarten),
Painted by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918),
Painted in 1907,
Oil on canvas
© Sold Sotheby’s London, 1 March 2017, lot 11 (£48 million / $59 million)

Gospel of 2 June 2022

Father, may they be one in us

John 17:20-26

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father, I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in me.

May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.

I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

Reflection on the painting

Painted in 1907 during the golden period of Gustav Klimt’s career, Bauerngarten is a masterpiece of Viennese fin-de-siècle art. The canvas depicts a multitude of different flowers. The myriad of different types and colours of flowers convey a natural, harmonious beauty of nature. The display of all the different species, shows there is great unity in their beauty.

In our Gospel reading today Jesus prays for unity among the diversity of human beings. We are all different, with unique missions and our own visions, but yet we have to operate within a unified wholeness of our Christian faith. There is beauty in the unity of our faith.

The square-canvas format chosen by Klimt for the present work is markedly different from traditional landscape painting. But it is the abundance of flowers, plants and and leaves, and their varying colour, size, vibrancy and joyful display that somehow make the canvas peaceful and unified. Johannes Dobai when discussing the present work said there was great 'multiplicity in simplicity’. So it goes for our faith. There is great variety between all of our Christian lives, within and unity of our church.

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Charles Marriott
Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
8 months ago

Klimt is a very popular artist at present £48,000,000!!!!!! Please…!

Patricia O'Brien
Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
8 months ago

The annoying thing is that many paintings like this are bought simply as a sound financial investment. At least we come on here each day just to enjoy the art and be inspired.

Guy Van Holsbeke
Guy Van Holsbeke(@guy)
8 months ago

De beweging van de mens, over Jezus naar God en terug doet denken aan de zo begeerde lift naar God van Heilige Theresia van Lisieux. Het is de liefde die het mogelijk maakt.

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