Klimt paints this work between 1917 and 1918, his last year of life. The lady with a fan he portrays is a sophisticated and sensual woman. Her...
Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna in 1862 to a goldsmith father and an opera expert mother. He studied and attended art and crafts school in Austria until 1883. He was asked to make important decorations such as those in the courtyard of the Museum of Art History in Vienna, painted the Four Allegories of the Sturani Palace in Vienna, decorated the ceiling of the Karlsbad Kurhaus, and decorated some panels for the Burgtheater. Recognition and increasingly important and prestigious assignments arrived early, but when father and brother died, he stopped working for 6 years, and met his eternal companion Emilie Floge.
Klimt's works such as "Love" of 1895 already had peculiarities typical of his future paintings, moving away from academic tradition. In 1897, together with 19 colleagues, he founded the Viennese secession, to bring art out of tradition and out of its rigid rules, and to allow a rebirth of arts and crafts without suggestions or obligations to adopt a precise style. In 1903 he was in Ravenna and the Byzantine mosaics had, as we can well admire in "The Kiss", an enormous influence on his works. Gold dominated everything in this golden period of the Austrian painter. The decorations of Palazzo Stoclet led to works such as "The Tree of Life". In 1909 he entered into a great artistic and personal crisis and the golden period ended; his style was influenced by the works of Matisse, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, with the consequent abandonment of gold and art nouveau. The mature period was also influenced by Egon Schiele and the impressionism of Claude Monet. He sought naturalness and spontaneity using more colors and fewer lines and gold. He exhibited a lot and won prizes for his life-long work. He died in 1918 as a result of a stroke.