One of Gustav Klimt’s most famous pieces, Portrait of Emilie Floge, is an oil on canvas and gold leaf painting created in 1902. The subject of the painting is Emilie Floge, co-owner of the Schwestern Flöge salon in Vienna and an important figure in the Vienna Secessionist movement. It is widely believed that Klimt and Floge were lovers, but their relationship may have been more complex than that.
In the painting, Emilie wears a flowing Reformkleider dress, which was a radical departure from traditional fashion at the time. This type of clothing allowed for more artistic expression and freedom of movement compared to the rigid corsets and dresses worn by most women during that period. Klimt himself was involved in the Secessionist movement along with his muse Emilie.
Today, Portrait of Emilie Floge can be found on display at Wien Museum in Vienna. It represents not only a beautiful work of art but also a significant piece of history that showcases both Klimt’s artistic talent and the societal changes happening at that time.