AVENUE IN SCHLOSS KAMMER PARK
While Klimt's first landscapes date from the early 1880s, it was not until the late 1890s that he turned consistently to landscape subjects, during summer vacations spent in the picturesque Salzkammergut, outside the city of Salzburg.
Landscape painting enabled him to experiment, free from the pressure of commissioned work and the distractions of the metropolis.
110×110 cm (43.3×43.3 in)
Fritza Riedler was one of Gustav Klimt’s early portraits. The wife of the Austrian mechanical engineer Alois Riedler, Fritza embodies the wealth and status of a growing Viennese middle class, in a pale eau de Nil dress and backed by a ‘secular halo’ of stained glass.
Oil, silver and gold on canvas
152×134 cm (59.8×52.8 in)
GIRLFRIENDS OR TWO WOMEN FRIENDS
Particularly in his late artwork, Gustav Klimt employs homosexual love. In this Girlfriends painting, the figures of the women seem to be vanishing. The background mixes in an adorned ornamental area.
Gustav Klimt had changed traditional symbols with overly metaphorical sensuality, for instance, in the Girlfriends; in fact this made his artwork more upsetting and shocking. The public protest that came from different political, religious and artistic gatherings was extreme.