- Author: Gustav Klimt
- Museum: Austrian Gallery, Vienna
- Year: 1898 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Portrait of Sonny Knips - Gustav Klimt. 1898. Oil on canvas. 145 x 145 cm
This portrait may surprise everyone who is familiar with the works of Klimt, who became the "calling card" of the artist. It is not at all like refined, sophisticated and extremely decorative canvases of this master. It seems that Klimt experimented with several artistic styles at once.
The use of a deep dark background, on which the bright figure of a woman seemed to glow, is typical of portraits of old masters. But, unlike most artists, he does not carefully write out all the details of the figure, becoming like impressionists in conveying the impression of the general image of the girl. At the same time, the face is written extremely realistic, Klimt especially succeeded in facial expression - a mixture of anxiety and intense attention with dreamy detachment. It seems as if Sonya Knips was deep in her thoughts, but distracted by a hail or some kind of harsh sound.
Attention is drawn to the unusual pose of a girl. She sits in a chair, but not relaxed, but tensely, slightly leaning forward, with her face facing the audience. Her left hand is on the arm of the chair as if the girl is about to get up and leave.
There are no unnecessary details in the portrait. In addition to Sony's beautiful face, attention is drawn to two details - a luxurious lush, as if airy, creamy-pink dress of a girl and elegant refined lines of a climbing plant with flowers in the background. If the dress is a tribute to impressionism, then fancy flowers refer us to Klimt's other works - unusually decorative, memorable and vivid.
Other pictures of Gustav Klimt
Portrait of Friderika Maria Beer
Portrait of Margaret Stoneboro-Wittgenstein
Three age women
Portrait of Serena Lederer
Joseph Lewinsky as Don Carlos
Unterach, manor on the lake Attersee
Judith and Holofernes head
Death and life
Tree of life