Gustav Klimt gained his greatest acclaim as a portraitist of Vienna’s society women. On an aesthetic level, these portraits represent some of the artist’s most accomplished and extraordinary paintings. Klimt integrated diverse influences to yield a style that is singular to Vienna 1900. Considered from a social point of view, they create a group portrait of some of the most culturally significant figures of the day. These invariably fashionable women were formidable characters and role models for the emerging archetype of the New Woman.
In planning this major upcoming exhibition, we have joined forces with the premier authority on the subject, curator Tobias G. Natter. Designer Han Feng created exquisite models, clothed in her interpretation of the fashion of the era, working closely with paper artist Brett McCormack. The result is a dazzling installation that casts Klimt, the central artist in the Neue Galerie collection, in a whole new light.
Director, Neue Galerie New York