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Gustav Klimt

Standing Woman (Study for Portrait Hermine Gallia)

chalk on paper
45 x 31 cm / 17 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.

By 1903, Gustav Klimt was established in the Vienna Secession. A year before he had presented the 34 meter long Beethoven Frieze there. At that time, Klimt had several models, with whom he also had intimate relationships: Maria U?ická (1880–1928), with whom he had the son Gustav 1899-1961, Maria „Mizzi“ Zimmermann (1879-1975), with whom he had two sons: Gustav (1899-1976) and Otto (1902), and Emilie Flöge (1874-1952). The elegant bearing and the dress of the portrayed makes it probable that the model was Flöge. She was a fashion designer and from 1904 had the Salon „Schwestern Flöge“ with her sister, where she employed up to 80 seamstresses. She regularily travelled to Paris and was always dressed after the lates fashion. A contemporary photograph shows Emilie Flöge in a so-called „reform dress“ with ruffles, which is very similar to the one in the drawing.

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