01 January, 2008

Portrait of Fritza Riedler by Klimt Postcard

The painting on the postcard is a portrait of Fritza Riedler by Gustav Klimt. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. Klimt's primary subject was the female body.

Fritza Riedler, wife of a machinery engineer, appear seating with a background of a model structure. This confusion effect of depth and emphasis of the picture is typical of Klimt. An interesting detail is the mosaic emblem, which is in the hairstyles in the paintings of Diego Velasquez. Gustav Klimt was an admirer of the Spanish painter of the 17th Century.

Portrait of Fritza Riedler Postcard

Additional Information:
Portrait of Fritza Riedler (1860-1927), born Friederike Langer
1906
Oil on canvas
152 x 134 cm
Ɩsterreichische Galerie Belvedere

SOURCES:
Gustav Klimt Wikipedia Entry
Belvedere Gustav Klimt Collection

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