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This is the only painting by Klimt in a British public collection, and it’s a fine example of the portraits of society women he painted in the early years of the twentieth century. Wearing a shimmering dress made of translucent white chiffon, Hermine Gallia appears almost to float before us. The sinuous lines of her dress recall Art Nouveau and Japanese prints. The geometrical pattern of its lower half, and the mosaic-like design of the carpet, hint at the ‘Byzantine’ style Klimt was to adopt a few years later.
Portrait of Hermine Gallia
Oil on canvas
H 170.5 x W 96.5 cm