Portrait of a Lady, by Klimt. 🎨A great canvas by the2/20/2021, 9:25:27 PM
Portrait of a Lady, by Klimt. 🎨A great canvas by the Austrian master overpainting a previous portrait. The original portrait would be of a woman with whom Klimt is believed to have had an affair and to which when she died Klimt painted over. Despite the low moral standards of Klimt, the artistic quality is undeniable. 👨🎨Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918), son of a gold engraver, was born to the prosperity of the ever-bourgeois Vienna, a centre of artistic and intellectual innovations slowly heading to decay. With easy access to patronage and fostering of decorative arts, Klimt was already successful before his 30s. Then he joined Secessionsstil, the anti-academic movement of the time, losing some of this security to become the most complex and cryptic artist of this time. Crowded with enticing colours, geometrical motives and expressive lines, Klimt’s muses were often their own in real life. He had at least 14 children (probably more, as we know of these from the alimonies), none under wedlock, and his women were responded to the archetype of femme fatale, preferably redheads. It was Freud’s time around Vienna, so the ease with which critics faulted Klimt as a pornographer is no surprise. An eclectic figure amidst symbolism and art nouveau. 📐Height: 60 cm (23.60 in). Width: 55 cm (21.60 in). Oil on canvas, 1916. 🏛️Galleria d’arte moderna Ricci Oddi, Plasencia, Italy. Follow @monteroneart for more 🎨! Shop our art collections in the Link in Bio.