Women's Portraits by Gustav Klimt

Women's Portraits by Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.

Born in Baumgarten near Vienna, he studied at the art school there, and received official commissions in Vienna until 1897. In that year Klimt and some of his more adventurous artist and designer friends broke from the Vienna Artists’ Association, a more traditional association of painters, to form a radical group called the Secession (named after an ancient Roman term meaning “revolt against ruling powers”).

Klimt became the first president of the Vienna Secessionists. The Viennese avant-garde's interest with sexuality and psychology became one of his inspirations. “I am less interested in myself as a subject for painting than I am in other people, above all women,” he once said. Even his portraits of society women are very expressive and sensual.

Klimt is perhaps best known for his opulently gilded Art Nouveau portraits, inspired by his discovery of Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, Italy. His famed Gold Period epitomise fin-de-siècle Vienna, where the clothing of his subjects turned into tapestries of abstract shapes in rich golds, reds, blues, and greens.


"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", 1907.<br/><br/>Oil, silver and gold leaf on canvas, 138 x 138 cm.<br/><br/>Neue Galerie New York, USA.<br/><br/>AKG290632
“Fräulein Emilie Flöge”, (Miss Emilie Floege), 1902. <br/><br/>(Emilie Floege, friend and sister-in-law of the artist.).<br/><br/>Oil on canvas, 181 × 84 cm.<br/><br/>Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria.<br/><br/>AKG196559
“Die Tänzerin”, (The Dancer), c.1916/18.<br/><br/>Oil on canvas, 180 × 90 cm.<br/><br/>Private collection.<br/>AKG2080421
Lady with Cuff, 1916-1917. <br/><br/>Oil on canvas. Private collection. National Gallery of Prague. Czech Republic.<br/><br/>AKG3668200
‘The Kiss’, 1908, Oil on canvas, 180 × 180 cm. <br/><br/>Museum: Österreichische Galerie<br/><br/>AKG2401482
“Die Mädchen” (Die Jungfrau)", (The Girl - The Virgin), 1912/13.<br/><br/>Oil on canvas, 190 × 200 cm.<br/><br/>National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.<br/><br/>AKG171187
Nymphs (Silver Fish), 1899. Collection of the Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Vienna.<br/><br/>AKG5688167
“Bildnis Amalie Zuckerkandl”, (Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl), 1917/1918.<br/><br/>Oil on canvas, unfinished, 128 × 128 cm.<br/>Inv. no.7700.<br/><br/>Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.<br/><br/>AKG2080422
Judith, 1901. <br/>Collection of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna.<br/>AKG5689364
“Portrait of a Lady”, 1917/18.<br/><br/>Oil on canvas, 180 × 90cm.<br/>AKG196575
Floating Woman with Outstretched Arm (Study for “Medicine”), 1900–1901. Drawing. Black chalk on brown paper. <br/>Location: Albertina, Vienna<br/><br/>AKG5974638
Reclining Semi-Nude (Masturbating), 1912/13. <br/>Drawing. Height: 361 mm (14.21 in); Width: 560 mm (22.04 in). <br/>Location: LEOPOLD MUSEUM, Vienna<br/><br/>AKG5974647
"Sitting Nude", 1904/05.<br/>Blue pencil on paper, 56 × 37 cm.<br/><br/>AKG1108981
"Female Portrait in the Three-Quarter Profile", 1901. (Study for the "Unchastity" in the Beethoven Frieze).<br/>Black chalk, 45.1 × 31.1 cm.<br/><br/>Vienna, graphic collection Albertina.<br/><br/>AKG1947798
"Standing woman with raised arms", 1903/07. (Study for the "Veritas" in the faculty image "Jurisprudence").<br/><br/>Black chalk, 45.3 × 31.8 cm.<br/><br/>AKG2126276
"Girl with hands on the cheek", 1908/09. (Study for "Death and life").<br/><br/>AKG2126279