“Art is a line around your thoughts.”—Gustav Klimt

Certain words connect instantly to a feeling, and warmth is one of them. Warmth reminds us of the feeling of snuggling in a cozy blanket, the way sunshine feels on our face, or of the golden light of a summer afternoon. These are all positive associations.

The projects in this section have a warm color palette in common. They come across in different ways, with different subject matter and compositions—but always with warmth.


Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze, Gustav Klimt, Austrian (1862–1918). Tempera and watercolor, c. 1905–09. MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts) Vienna/Bridgeman ...

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