Portrait of Mada Primavesi (c. 1912) by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Mada Primavesi - Gustav Klimt - c.1912

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Mada Primavesi
ArtistGustav Klimt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions150 x 101.5 cm
Art MovementSymbolism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About Portrait of Mada Primavesi

The artwork “Portrait of Mada Primavesi” by Gustav Klimt is an oil on canvas painting from approximately 1912. It embodies the ethos of the Symbolism art movement and measures 150 cm by 101.5 cm. As a portrait, it captures the essence of its youthful subject with a vivid clarity. The artwork currently resides in the prestigious collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, USA.

This luminous canvas portrays a young girl standing with a tranquil yet assertive demeanor. Her expression is serene and contemplative, gazing directly at the viewer. She is clad in a white dress adorned with a vibrant array of floral accents at the waist, providing a focal point of color against the softly hued fabric. The dress itself is rendered with an opulent texture and layered effect that is characteristic of Klimt’s adept handling of form and fabric.

Behind the subject, the backdrop is awash with a purple hue interspersed with floral motifs that blend harmoniously with the foreground. The ground upon which Mada stands is depicted with a patchwork of colors and shapes that suggest a flower-strewn meadow. Klimt’s signature can be seen at the bottom right of the artwork, anchoring the composition with his identity.

Overall, the portrait captures the subject’s individuality and the ornamented style that Klimt is renowned for, demonstrating his commitment to exploring the nuances of beauty and representation through rich symbolic elements and his distinct, ornate aesthetic.

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