Portrait of Hermine Gallia by Gustav Klimt


Portrait of Hermine Gallia


Gustav Klimt

Ref GM2470
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 26" (50 x 66 cm)
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The beautiful sitter depicted in this painting is Hermine Gallia, she was born in 1870. In 1893 she married her uncle, Moritz Gallia, they were assured, by the time of their marriage in 1893, of a modicum of financial security through Moriz’s position as manager of a gaslight factory. Moriz and Hermine were early patrons of the Wiener Werkstätte, which was a production community of visual artists in Vienna. Klimt was a member and painted many portraits of people in the Wiener Werkstätte. Hermine’s head is held slightly to one side, she looks out at the viewer through limpid eyes, a certain melancholy pervading her features. Compared to Klimt’s other female portraits this painting is relatively subdued in colour. She is dressed in a truly fabulous dress that is an exotic creation designed by Klimt. In 1903 the painting was shown in an unfinished state in the Klimt-Kollective exhibition. Numerous drawings exist for the composition of this work, and several alterations are visible to the naked eye.