This sketch is a study for “The Dancer”, a brightly coloured painting in the Art Nouveau stye. Gustave Klimt was a controversial yet very popular artist in Austria, well renowned for his colourful and innovating works of art. Much of his art however, was criticised due to its erotic and exotic themes. This painting, unlike his other much more sensual and almost pornographic sketches, is soft and natural. The dancer’s head is reclining backwards and turned to one side, while her hands are clasped together, held up to her breast. It is romantic and tender, yet honest. Though she is most likely posing for the painting, one can tell it is sincere and nonchalant. Her eyes look downwards as if she is pensive, detached from the present and absorbed in whatever is flowing through her mind. I recently viewed this sketch at the Klimt and Schiele exhibition in the Royal Academy in London, and was drawn to the dancer’s poise. As well as her mannerism, I found her face and dress particularly alluring and enticing. Amongst the many various sketches on show, this one was quite prominent, I think, as unlike the heavily sexualised nude sketches on display, this was quite delicate in its intimacy, purity and elegance. Gustav Klimt. Study for The Dancer (Ria Munk II), 1916-17. Pencil on paper, 49.6 x 32.4 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna. #klimt #gustavklimt #riamunk #albertinamuseum #thedancer #art#artory #art #artnouveau #poise #austria #tender #royalacademy #sketch #dancer
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Gustav Klimt pencil study for ‘The Dancer’, portraying Ria Munk, who committed suicide after being jilted by her fiancé, the novelist Hans Heinz Ewers. London W1, 30 January, 12.04 pm. #gustavklimt #drawing #riamunk #thedancer #royalacademyofarts #exhibition #endssoon #dontmiss
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Ria is here and online everywhere! Spotify link in bio! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ * * * #riaEP #riaishere #riamunk #gustavklimt #riamunk1 #riamunk11 #thedancer #riamunk111 #lyricpoet #stringquartet #muse #december28th #1911 amazing string arrangements by @stonechords vocals on Ria Munk 11 by @alainajferris magical string playing by @jeffersmaria @music.masha Ron Lawrence and Theresea Salomon
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Happy Solstice every one!!! In just one week I will be releasing Ria to the world! Here is the amazing album art by @rae_ch_ !!! * * * #riaiscoming #ep #lyricpoet #femalecomposer #riamunk #songcycle #gustavklimt #elegy #1911 #marigolds #goldensnake
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“Close and coin my eyes for I have seen the last light” * * * * #riaiscoming #december28th #EP #gustavklimt #riamunk #riamunk1 #lyricspoet #stringquartet #wraith #soprano arranged by @stonechords
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