Mermaid and the golden whale

I love the abstract nature of the Klimt mermaid series, it really does embrace the beauty of ocean art, but brings a touch of something special, something magical to the scene too. This particular painting features a mermaid led on her side, with a whale finished in gold leaf joining her. The mermaid herself is uber realistic in her style, which comes as a stark contrast against the abstract, colorful and almost surreal nature of the background of the painting.