Gold and artists
Gold has found many applications in modern and contemporary art. It found favor in the eyes in particluar of Gustav Klimt who regularly used gold as a background for his paintings.
Painting by Klimt using gold
But it is in contemporary art that the use of the precious metal is increasing. The trend was started by Louise Bourgeois and the work of Yves Klein, whose golden painting was a great success.
Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois
Gold table by Yves Klein
Gold body-prints by Yves Klein
Yves Klein was one of the few to make gold one of the materials he works with and to repeatedly integrate it throughout the creative process. Indeed, he has taken each of his uses for his trademark blue (blue pigment tables, sponge-paintings or bodyprints), and revisited them in gold. In the following of Louise Bourgeois, there are many more works of contemporary artists such as Donald Judd and Jean-Pierre Reynaud.
Art by Donald Judd using gold
Gold sculpture by Jean-Pierre Reynaud
Artists of the young generation, for example Nicolas Milhé, have also made use of gold their own medium.
Art by Nicolas Milhé
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Vanitas by DeLafée
Gold and Wood
Daniel Dezeuze - Icône 3, 2014.
Wood and gold leaf
Chrsitian Eckart - Andachtsbild # 716, 1990.
Gold leaf on colloid substance, birchwood pannel, pine- and poplar wood moldings.
Yves Klein - Frémissement, 1960.
Gold leaf and wood pannel.
Jannis Kounellis - Senzo Titolo, 2009.
Guilt wood, metal bed base, iron post, coats and hats.
Kolkoz - La Bataille, 2010.
Moldings and frames.
Gabriel Orozco - Tronco 1, 2008.
Tempera, gold leaf and wood.
John Armleder - Untitled, 1989.
Wood pannel, lacquer and gold leaf.
James Lee Byars - Is, 1987.
Wood and gold leaf.
Gold and Metal
Rudolf Stingel - Untitled, 2009.
Johan Creten - Strange Fruit, 2002/2009.
Bronze statue, white gold leaf.
Gold and Stone
James Lee Byars - The figure of the First Question, 1987/1995.
Marble, gold leaf.
Jan van de Pavert - Model, 2006-2007.
Gypsum and gold leaf.
Gold and Paper
Exploring texture and light.
Mai Thu Perret - Heroine of the People (Golden Rock), 2005.
Papier maché, chicken wire and gold leaf.
Claudio Parmiggiani - La Chambre d'or
Gold leaf on wall.
Alain Jacquet - Les 64 Kua, 1971-1973.
Embossed paper (braille) and gold leaf.
Robert Rauschenberg - Untitles (Gold painting), 1953.
Gold and silver leaf, textile, newspaper, paint, wood, paper, glue and nails in wood.
Jannis Kounellis - Civil Tragedy, 1975/2006.
Gold covered wall, coat stand with coat and hat.
McDermott & McCaugh - Is that you? 1936, 2010.
Inkjet and gold leaf on paper.
Matthew Barney - Encient Evenings: Ba Libretto, 2009.
Ink, graphite and gold leaf on paperback novel.
Danh Vo - Colgate Box, 2010.
Gold leaf and cradboard.
Fabrice Samyn - Trouve le Temps, 2013.
Vintage postcard and gold leaf.
Gold and Glass
Orlan - Miroirs portrait-stress of our society, 2009. (detail)
Venitian mirror, class container, gold.
Jean-Michel Othoniel - Les Belles Danses (détail), 2015.
Murano glass, cristal, gold leaf.
Gold and Bone
Jan Fabre - Vermis dorsualis & Devil Masks, 2002. (détail)
Bronze, gold, human bone, human bone powder.
Gold and Clay
Franck Scurti, Empty Worlds, série B, 2009. (detail)
Clay, leather belt (not visible), gold leaf.
Nasan Tur - Public Sculptures, 2008-2010.
Ceramic, gold leaf and video (not shown).
Barry X Ball - Kunst- und Wunderkammer, 1992-1993.
Composite construction: gold alloy, immaculate dust.
Hubert Duprat - Sans Titre (Caddis Fly), 1993.
Larvae, gold, precious and semi-precious stones.
Ann Veronica Janssens - L'été (Summer), 2011.
Women's summer hat, gold leaf.
Rachel Grataloup - Matrcie Nantua, 2007.
Marouflages canvas, gold leaf.
Jim Hodges - And Still This (Detail), 2005-2008.
Gold leaf, canvas and plaster of Paris.