Loading

Nine Cartoons for the Execution of a Frieze for the Dining Room of Stoclet House in Brussels: Part 9, Knight

Gustav Klimt1910–1911

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Vienna, Austria

On the narrow side of the dining room “The Knight” sits enthroned above a square and an area decorated with acanthus. He is the guardian between the depictions of Expectation and Fulfillment. The entire composition is composed of squares, triangles, and circles and therefore almost appears mathematically designed. With its extreme level of abstraction it is unique in Klimt’s work. For a long time, art history only referred to this piece of work as an “abstract composition” as no reference to a figural character was discovered in the figure. Only the late finding of a postcard in which Klimt told Emilie Flöge about the “Knight” clarified the identity of the “abstract composition.” The landlord Adolphe Stoclet, the patriarch of the family, is said to have taken his seat directly below the “Knight.”

Details

  • Title: Nine Cartoons for the Execution of a Frieze for the Dining Room of Stoclet House in Brussels: Part 9, Knight
  • Creator: Gustav Klimt
  • Date Created: 1910–1911
  • Location: Vienna and Kammerl am Attersee
  • Subject Keywords: Library and Works on Paper
  • External Link: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
  • Material and Technology: Chalk, pencil, gouache, bronze, silver, gold, platinum, transparent paper, draft paper
  • Inventory Number: MAL 226-9
  • Dimensions: 197 x 89.9 cm
  • Artist: Gustav Klimt

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Recommended

Google apps