Nine Cartoons for the Execution of a Frieze for the Dining Room of Stoclet House in Brussels
One can assume that the lovers are Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge. Klimt wrote Flöge in 1914 after his first inspection of the finished mosaic in Brussels that he was “most intensely” reminded of the troubles, pleasures, and worries during the creation of the work drawings in the Villa Oleander in Kammerl at Lake Atter.
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 landlord Adolphe Stoclet, the patriarch of the family, is said to have taken his seat directly below the “Knight.”
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.”
MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art