Begun in the final years of the First World War, Klimt’s Lady with Fan imagines the stark and colorful portraits of Frida Kahlo. In a noticeable departure from his brash and bombastic Gold period, the Lady with Fan brings to mind the overpopulated natural lands of his landscape work. Klimt was working on two paintings in his beloved studio in Hietzing when he suffered a fatal stroke, moments before setting out for his daily walk amongst the flowers. One of those works was the Lady with Fan. Until recently many thought that it was impossible to visit the sites and atmospheres in which Klimt conjured his works, his studios and birthplace having been demolished by urban change or by war. In the final years of the twentieth century a hardy citizen discovered the original blueprints for Klimt’s final studio in Hietzing where he created Lady with Fan, revealing that the original walls still existed within the fabric of villa built on the top of the crumbling original.
After the stylistic conclusion of The Kiss and the emerging public adoration for his Gold period, Klimt, still bound by the drive for experimentation that forged his place as the head of the Vienesse Secessionists, a group of artists bent on cultural change, turned his back on offers for formal reproductions and repetition. Turning away from the glittering sumptuousness of the art nouveau he was instrumental in creating, Klimt turned to his beloved and intrinsically impressionist landscapes of Lakes Attersee and Garda, and looked to the then-exotic world of Japanese art. It was in the modest studio in Hietzing that Klimt worked on his next radical shift in form and style and now, thanks to the Gustav Klimt Memorial Society’s restoration, the studio can now be experienced as Klimt knew it. It sits in a large garden with seemingly unstoppable vegetation that was once, if we can guess from his paintings, modestly gardened by the artist himself before his death.
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