The Dancer

Gustav Klimt

The Dancer


The Dancer was the first painting by Klimt to be exhibited in the United States, when it was first put on display in 1922, in the New York Showroom of Wiener Werksttte. It is believed that this work began as a posthumous portrait of Ria Munk, who had committed suicide over a failed love affair. Klimt subsequently reworked the image of the face. The painting remained unfinished in the artists studio at the time of this death.


Work Date:
180 x 90 cm (71 1/16 x 35 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Credit Line:
Private Collection