Monday, March 31, 2014

Modern Print Monday: Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, Vienna
Swatch of printed fabric with imagery recalling The Kiss.
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Emilie Flöge,
his long-time companion, about 1905.

Gustav Klimt is best known today for his 1908-9
painting "The Kiss," a very decorative and romantic

His Tree of Life from 1909 has inspired numerous
textile designers in recent years...

Klimt designed his own repeat pattern but very little evidence of this survives. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a small collection of swatches, printed by the Wiener Werkstatte (Viennese  Workshop.) The catalog says these are from about 1920 but Klimt was dead by then, a victim of the 1918 influenza epidemic. I'd guess they were more likely from about 1910.

Because they are relatively small samples of a large repeat we
 get no idea of the overall design.

The collection appears to be four prints in different colorways.

See the Metropolitan Museum's collection of works by Klimt by clicking here:

The rare samples were a gift from Joanne F. du Pont and John F. Pleasants, in memory of Enos Rogers Pleasants, III, 1984


  1. Hmmm. Highly decorative and romantic. Was Klimt a modernist?
    No matter, his paintings and designs are very appealing. Thanks for calling attention to them.

  2. I am so glad to visit Vienna by the end of April! I chose this destination for Klimt and Hundertwasser...

    1. Do look at Vienna Secession and Wiener Werkstatte sites too. Have fun. Take pictures!