The sitter is Hermine Gallia, née Hamburger (1870 - 1936). In 1893 she married her uncle, Moritz Gallia, a government adviser who became a leading patron of the arts. In this painting she wears a dress designed by Klimt.

Numerous drawings exist for the composition of this work, and several alterations are visible to the naked eye, much of the figure's contour having been altered. In 1903 the painting was shown in an unfinished state in the Klimt-Kollective exhibition.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1862 - 1918
Full title
Portrait of Hermine Gallia
Date made
1904
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
170.5 x 96.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1976
Inventory number
NG6434
Location in Gallery

Further information

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