We are very excited on this first day of Spring, to announce new life– on loan from The Lewis Collection, we welcome Frauenbildnis (Portrait of a Woman) by Gustav Klimt and Danaë by Egon Schiele, both on view in Gallery 158.
Frauenbildnis (Portrait of a Woman) was begun in 1917 and left unfinished in Klimt’s studio at his death in February 1918. It is thought to be his third work to portray Maria (“Ria”) Munk, the daughter of Alexander and Aranka Pulitzer Munk, who had shot herself in 1911 at the age of 24, in despair over a lover.
Despite the generation and a half between them, Egon Schiele is the direct artistic progeny of his fellow Austrian Gustave Klimt, whose work is also shown in this room. This is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Danaë, based on the highly charged Greek myth.