Gustav Klimt: Portrait of Sonja Knips

Portrait of Sonja Knips: Gustav Klimt

This is a Portrait of Sonja Knips from a Baroness and wife of German industrial magnate Anton Knips. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a prominent member of the Vienna Secession artistic movement, however, did develop his own distinctive style.

This 1898 portrait marks a transition in his art from an earlier more academic style to his own personal symbolism. The juxtaposition of the background flowers, the soft pink of the dress and the psychological realism of the face all contribute to affection or respect for the sitter.

Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Sonja Knips is in the Belvedere Palace Museum in Vienna, Austria.

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