Gustav Klimt, ‘Portrait Sketch [Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen]’, 1919, Jason Jacques Gallery

With an astonishing economy of line, Klimt has captured the likeness and personality of a Viennese lady. While her upswept hair, rosy lips and cheeks, and nude shoulders offer a promise of gaiety, her diverted gaze betrays psychological distance from artist and beholder. She is focused on her inner life which remains a mystery, perhaps even to her. Plate 6, Funfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen, 1919, no. 21/500. "Gustav Klimt: Funfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen" contains twenty-five monochrome and two-color collotypes after drawings by Gustav Klimt. The collotype process captures Klimt's remarkably spontaneous drawing style. Published by Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Vienna, 1919.

About Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt is best known for his opulently gilded art nouveau portraits of women that epitomize fin-de-siècle Vienna. His Symbolist pastiches of pale nudes, allegorical gardens and erotic content served as the basis for many American psychedelic poster designs in the 1960s. Early in his career, Klimt was supported generously by the Viennese community, and received several commissions for murals in theaters and the Museum Kunsthistorisches. Early narrative paintings depicted heavy subjects such as anxiety, doubt, sexuality, and death, but in later years, he turned toward landscape painting, exploring light and abstract patterns of nature. His most famous paintings are The Kiss (1907) and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907), which sold for a record auction price of more than 100 million dollars in 2006.

Austrian, 1862-1918, Baumgarten, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria