Thursday, January 7, 2021

"Over There"


7 x 12"
oil on panel

It may surprise you Portrait of Marie Breunig was painted by Gustav Klimt.  Klimt is widely known for his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, aka The Lady in Gold. Before Klimt headed the Secession movement in Vienna in 1897, he was a sought-after portrait painter, much like John Singer Sargent.  Simply put, he painted the wealthy in a very classic, conventional style.

"Born in humble circumstances",  Marie Breunig married into wealth.  She was an avid client of the Floge sisters' fashion salon, keeping up with the rest of high society circles.  The Floge sisters were also immortalized in portraits by Klimt, several times.  

Although the Portrait of Marie Breunig belongs to a private collection, it currently in on display at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria.

For a larger view, click here.

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