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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The Woman in a Kimono showcases a classic sketch by the artist Gustav Klimt.

The artist is most prominently known for his masterful art works with his gold phase that blends metallic materials, complex patterns, and symbolism to produce timeless art.

The artist had begun his art through entering the realist style the predominated the 19th century. The artist's word had then transcended into an impressionist style that illustrates elaborate portraits of high-class woman through strong colours. Gustav Klimt had transitioned his artwork in between painting mosaic landscape pieces that depicted the beautiful scenery around him.

The light drawing of Woman In a Kimono is included in a collection of sketches by the artist. The painting showcases a woman lightly wrapping her silhouette in a colourful Kimono. While the drawing is a simple pencil on paper piece that showcases the woman's beautiful form, a light pattern can be witnessed. The fabric of the clothing is covered in swirls and shapes all blending into one another. The pattern carries an Art Deco style to it, yet remains unknown through the lack of colour.

The woman stands prominently in an upright position, hiding her hands beneath he layers of fabric. The artist had lightly drawn the face of the woman, barely illustrating any features. The woman's ankles are lightly revealed at the bottom of the piece, hiding every other component. The artwork does not hold much exquisite detail as it is a light sketch.

Gustav Klimt is well known for his portrayal of the female body and character throughout this work. Based on the sketch, the drawing was most likely used to brainstorm and idea for one of the artist's upcoming paintings. The sketch carries a similar style the artist's work, Lady With a Fan, which showcases a colourful array of colour depicting a woman. This strong blend of tones, accentuating itself in bright colours carries a similar style to the sketch, yet remains unknown due to the lack of colour.

Gustav Klimt was popular for painting the female body, and portraits of women. The masterful artist was fascinated by their natural form that seized the canvas in array of shapes. He depicted their bodies in a natural flow that depended on the artwork, together these elements blended as one beautiful portrayal of woman.

Klimt often depicted these women nude, using their light body colour as the basis for his transforming work. Gustav Klimt used different details of the female body to add to his work. He would often depict their hair as incredibly long to add a mystical touch to the work, or by enlarging their lips to add a lustful allure to the piece.

Gustav Klimt revolutionized the way in which the female body adds to a medium of work. His intercut detail showcased their natural elements in ways that accentuated the canvas and transformed work. Klimt's gold phase is primarily based on the presence of woman interacting in the scene, through their long hair flowing against a pattern, their soft gaze matching that of the viewers, or through their body curving along the melody of the painting.