Klimt Does Detail

The Wolfsonian Museum hosted a book talk and signing with Anne-Marie O’Conner, author of “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer”, on Friday, February 1, 2013. Free and open to the public, the event boasted a packed house with standing room only. Klimt’s work has long been admired and the evening was an opportune time to learn more about him and the women he captured on canvas.

Klimt was a great artist who had a love for women, the author explained. He also had a keen fashion sensibility that led him to intricately depict what each muse wore with detail. Embedded in the fabric of each dress he painted were symbols, geometric and organic shapes, containing secret messages, some still unknown to this day. He also dabbled in fashion design collaborating with fashion designer Emilie Flöge, who can also be found represented throughout in his collection of paintings.

Ultimately known as one of the best artists of all time, it was Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer that became one of the most recognizable work of art from the twentieth century and author Anne-Marie O’Conner, in her book, goes on to tell us the “spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense” of their long lasting friendship.