Portrait of Emilie Floge 1902 by Gustav Klimt [Austrian, 1862-1918]
Emilie Louise Floge (born 30 August 1874 in Vienna and died 26 May 1952 in Vienna) was an Austrian designer, fashion designer, and businesswoman. She was the life companion of the painter Gustav Klimt.
Emilie Floge was a fascinating member of the Viennese bohemian (Bohemianism) and Fin de siècle circles and the life companion of the painter Gustav Klimt. In 1891, Helene, the younger sister of Emilie, married Ernst Klimt, the brother of Gustav Klimt, but when Ernst died in December 1892, Gustav was made Helene’s guardian. At that time Emilie was 18 years old and Gustav became a frequent guest at her parents’ home, spending the summers with the Floge family at Lake Attersee (lake)|Attersee. After 1891, Klimt portrayed her in many of his works. Experts believe that his most famous painting, The Kiss (Klimt painting), shows the artist and Emilie Floge as lovers. Klimt also drew some garments in the rational dress style for the Floge salon – a style promoted by the feminist movement – and from 1898 other clothes designed by the Vienna Secession; the latter were worn without a corset and hung loosely from the shoulders with comfortable, wide sleeves. However, the clientele for what was at that time a revolutionary fashion was too small to provide a living and she accordingly earned money through conventional styles. Klimt was painting many ladies from the upper echelons of Viennese society and thus able to introduce Emilie Floge to a prosperous client base. In the final days of the Second World War, her house in the Ungargasse caught fire, destroying not only her collection of garments but also valuable objects from the estate of Gustav Klimt. She had inherited half of Klimt’s estate following his death in 1918, the other half going to the painter’s family. When Klimt died from a stroke on 11 January 1918, his last words were reportedly: “Get Emilie.” In the 2006 film Klimt (film)|Klimt, Emilie Floge was played by Veronica Ferres and Gustav Klimt by the American actor, John Malkovich.
What is the original size of Portrait of Emilie Floge 1902?
178 x 80 cm, oil on canvas
Where can I see Portrait of Emilie Floge 1902?
Historisches Museum der Stadt, Wien
- Item Type: 100% Handmade Oil Painting
- Portrait of Emilie Floge, 1902, by Gustav Klimt
- Material: Canvas
- No Frame
- 1 x Pc