Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer by Gustav Klimt, An Aftermath collotype, 1931
Original 1931 collotype created from Gustav Kilmt’s Bildnis Friederike Maria Beer, oil on canvas, 1916. Published by Max Eisler and printed by Österreichischer Staatsdruckerei (Austrian State Printing Office), Vienna, in an edition of 500. Paper measures approximately 17.88 x 18.63 inches. Exceptional condition commensurate with age. Image is pristine and will display beautifully.
"Friederike-Maria suggested that Klimt should paint her in a Viennese Workshop dress; she wore these exclusively. She was also very proud of a fur coat she owned, particularly during the hardship of the First World War, and Klimt decided that she should wear the coat too, but inside out, so that the decorative lining, also by the Viennese Workshop, was visible.
Klimt decided to make use of an imaginary oriental screen as a backdrop to her somewhat passive, symmetrical face. The scenes of figures fighting on horseback are taken from a Korean vase owned by Klimt and they are clearly a reference to the First World War. The fierce activity of these artificial figures is sharply contrasted with the docility of the sitter." (Gustav-Klimt.com)
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