Artist in Focus: Klimt’s Women

Thursday 4th April 6.00pm BST


One of Gustav Klimt’s late works, Portrait of Fräulein Lieser, will head to auction on April 24th at Vienna’s auction house im Kinsky. In advance of the sale, join us for a live, online evening lecture.

Klimt was one of the most versatile and sought-after artists of his day, and gained great fame for his magnificent portraits of Vienna’s society women, from Adele Bloch-Bauer and Hermine Gallia to Eugenia Primavesi and Sonja Knips. His iconic depictions of these fashionable and often formidable women have captured the attention of not only the public but also prolific collectors. In 2006 his portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer sold in the United States for the astronomical sum of $135 million, making it at that time the highest sum in history ever paid for a painting, a story immortalised in the film The Woman in Gold.  In April 2024 his Portrait of Fräulein Lieser will head to auction, with an estimate of €30–€50 million. This extraordinarily vibrant painting, whose subject stands enveloped in a rich cloak adorned with flowers, was found partially unfinished in Klimt’s studio after his death in 1918 and then passed to the Lieser family. Its location was then unknown for many years and it was considered lost, until its recent rediscovery in a private Austrian collection.

We examine these and other portraits in the context of Klimt’s life and work, his relationships with women, and more broadly within the socio-historical context of fin de siècle Vienna.


This is a live-streamed lecture at 6.00pm (UK time).  It will last approximately one hour including Q&A. Tune in live from anywhere in the world, or if you cannot participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that day or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Further Information

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Join the event a few minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch at the time it is live-streamed, you can still book online, as above. You do not need to advise us if you can’t participate live, don’t worry! You will be contacted soon after the event has been broadcast with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that day and for the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each event that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don’t worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you a recording.

Bookings close the day before the event is streamed.

Images: Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Hermine Gallia, 1904. National Gallery, London; Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Fräulein Lieser, 1917. Photo: Public Domain; Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, 1907, Neue Galerie, New York