Tuesday, May 1, 2018

01 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, from the 18th & 19th C., with Footnotes. #3a

Gustav Klimt
Dame mit Muff (Lady with a Muff), c. 1916
Oil on canvas
Private Collection

Dame mit Muff. Belonging to the group of late portraits Klimt shows a lady cuddled in her muff- a sophisticated fashion accessory. The background is covered with Asiatic motifs as in most of his lady portraits of 1916. More

Klimt painted portraits of contemporary women with a mysterious, dreamy expression, but also with energy and a lust for life. The painting Lady with a Muff dating from 1916–1917 is one such portrait. The coquettish way in which she obscures part of her face with the fur evokes Klimt’s earlier 1909 work Woman with Hat and Feather Boa (Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna). 

Last displayed in Viennain 1926, Lady with a Muff (1916–1917) has long been thought lost. Nevertheless, the list of Klimt’s paintings by F. Novotný and J. Dobai (Vienna 1967) and later sources refer to it as “in a private collection”. The private collector purchased Lady with a Muff in the late 1920s or early 1930s, and the National Gallery in Prague may once again present the painting to the public courtesy of its current owner. More on this painting

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. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his "golden phase," many of which include gold leaf. More Gustav Klimt







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