Old Woman (1909) by Gustav Klimt

Old Woman - Gustav Klimt - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleOld Woman
ArtistGustav Klimt
Dimensions95.3 x 47 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Old Woman

The artwork titled “Old Woman” is a portrait painted by Gustav Klimt in the year 1909. This oil on canvas painting measures 95.3 by 47 cm and is currently held in a private collection. The piece is associated with the Symbolism art movement, which is characterized by the use of symbolic imagery and themes to evoke emotions and ideas.

The artwork presents an elderly woman enveloped in a large, dark shawl or cloak that nearly consumes her frail form. Her face is the focal point, rendered with delicate and fine lines that convey the textures of age and a melancholic, introspective expression. The background is somber and indistinct, shrouded in dark tones that create a sense of isolation around the figure of the old woman. Gustav Klimt’s signature can be seen at the lower right, adding a personal touch and asserting authorship over this evocative piece. The portrait clearly illustrates the artist’s departure from conventional beauty and interest in exploring deeper emotional and symbolic content, as characteristic of the Symbolism movement.

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