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This Means War & Klimt’s “Finger Painting”

Caught the fun, silly, and absolutely hilarious This Means War last night on TV. It’s about two CIA agents (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who meet and fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Of course, hijinks ensue.

FDR (played by Pine) goes to woo Lauren (Witherspoon) by showing her “real” artworks by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt since she likes to collect Klimt’s artwork posters. This is definitely one of my favorite scenes from the movie in which FDR talks art nonsense. Enjoy!

(Read more to find the actual titles…)

So I actually went to look up Klimt’s “The Harpist,” 1895, and “Undine,” 1902, and it turns out they don’t exist! Because they’re actually titled Music and Goldfish respectively. But hey, FDR got his dates right! ;D


Gustav Klimt, Die Musik (Music), 1895, oil on canvas, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich, Germany

… the tension between the two- and three-dimensionality…”


Gustav Klimt, Goldfish, 1901-02, oil on canvas, Swiss Institute for Art Research, Zurich, Switzerland

Innovation became intrinsic to Degas and the other modernists. You know, he was a strong advocate of the finger painting movement!”

Yup, lost me there dude! BUAHAHAHA.

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