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Portrait of Gustav Klimt, Half-Left, 8th July 1909

Leopold Museum,
Photograph mounted on cardboard
With cardboard 23.9×18.4 cm


  • Moriz Nähr

    (Vienna 1859–1945 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The interaction between the medium of photography and the visual arts, which was prevalent in Viennese Modernism around 1900, also shaped the two-decade-long collaboration between Moriz Nähr (1859–1945) and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), who had met during the foundation of the Vienna Secession. The numerous portraits of Klimt taken by Nähr are testament to their artistic affinity. The first portrait series, which includes this photograph of Gustav Klimt as well as two further prints – Gustav Klimt in Profile and Gustav Klimt, in Profile towards the Right –, was created in the inner courtyards of the exhibition known as International Kunstschau in Vienna. Klimt commented in a correspondence card he sent to Emilie Flöge on 8th July 1909: “[…] was photographed this morning by Nähr – at the Kunstschau – I am curious!”

Object data

Portrait of Gustav Klimt, Half-Left
8th July 1909
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Secession
Photograph mounted on cardboard
With cardboard 23.9×18.4 cm
Designated using pencil on the right: G / 6 (316) [?]
Credit line of the permanent loan
ARGE Collection Gustav Klimt
Selection of Reference works
  • Uwe Schögl/Sandra Tretter u.a.: Moriz Nähr (1859–1945). Fotograf für Habsburg, Klimt und Wittgenstein. Catalogue Raisonné, Wien 2021.
  • Moriz Nähr. Fotograf der Wiener Moderne, hrsg. von Uwe Schögl/Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 24.08.2018-29.10.2018).
  • Klimt-Foundation Wien, Moriz Nähr (1859–1945) Fotograf für Habsburg, Klimt und Wittgenstein. Catalogue Raisonné,

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