Portrait of Emilie Floge (1902) by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Emilie Floge - Gustav Klimt - 1902

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Emilie Floge
ArtistGustav Klimt
Date1902
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions178 x 80 cm
Art MovementArt Nouveau
Current LocationVienna Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Portrait of Emilie Floge

The artwork “Portrait of Emilie Floge” is a creation of the renowned artist Gustav Klimt, completed in the year 1902. The portrait is completed with oil on canvas and reflects the Art Nouveau movement, exhibiting its characteristic decorativeness and use of intricate patterns. With dimensions of 178 by 80 centimeters, the artwork presents itself in a portrait genre. The artwork enjoys its residency at the Vienna Museum, located in Vienna, Austria.

The “Portrait of Emilie Floge” showcases a full-length depiction of Emilie Floge, who was a Viennese fashion designer and Klimt’s companion. She is posed against a richly textured background that complements her elaborate garment. Klimt’s signature style is prominently displayed through the decorative motifs and complex patterns adorning Floge’s dress, which is a striking combination of swirling lines and geometric shapes, imbued with jewel tones. Her posture is elegant and possibly reflects both her personality and her profession’s influence on haute couture of the time.

Klimt’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in the fine decorations, which include a variety of shapes and symbols interwoven into the fabric’s design. The subject’s facial expression conveys a serene confidence, while her direct gaze establishes an engagement with the viewer. The piece epitomizes Klimt’s fascination with female subjects and the combination of realism in the depiction of Emilie’s features with the abstract, ornamental elements of her attire and the background.

The artwork stands as a testament to the artist’s mastery in blending symbolic, figurative work with the ornamental richness of the Art Nouveau style, resulting in a portrait that is both personal and emblematic of an entire artistic movement.

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