Pale Face

Gustav Klimt

Pale Face


The sitter for Pale Face remained unidentified, but her fashionable attire indicates that she was part of the wealthy bourgeoise. Her dark clothing is dramatically set off against a subtle background. The faint checkerboard pattern on the upper right side is the only attempt to convey a sense of perspective in an overall flattened space. Klimts familiarity with the work of Belgian artists Fernard Khnopff is clearly evident in this contemplative work.


Work Date:
80 x 40 cm (31 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Credit Line:
Neue Galerie New York. This work is part of the collection of Estée Lauder and was made available through the generosity of Estée Lauder