Gustav Klimt was one of the leading artists of Vienna in the late nineteenth century. He perfected a highly ornamental, flat style for both his paintings – portraits, allegories, and landscapes – and his many wall decorations. This is one of his earliest paintings, and its meticulous illusionism, profile poses, costumes, and architectural details evoke Italian Renaissance art. These vividly rendered details are, however, set against an abstract background, heralding the sumptuous surfaces and abstract compositions that characterize Klimt’s mature style.
Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862 - 1918)
Two Girls with Oleander, ca.1890-92
Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 50 5/8 in.
The Douglas Tracy Smith and Dorothy Potter Smith Fund and
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1993.96
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Matted size: 11 x14 in.
Image size: 4 3/4 x 10 in.