Schubert at the Piano. Design for the music room by Nikolaus Dumba, 1896
Leopold Museum, Vienna
Schubert at the Piano. Design for the music room by Nikolaus Dumba 1896
Oil on canvas
(Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In 1893 Baron Nikolaus Dumba (1830–1900), an avid singer and vice president of the Wiener Musikverein, had commissioned Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) to create two overdoor paintings – Schubert at the Piano and Music – for the music room of his palace. Klimt presented this painted study in 1896. The final version of the painting executed in 1899, which was destroyed together with Klimt’s Faculty Paintings in a fire at Schloss Immendorf in 1945, showed a slightly different composition. This oil painting is a key work in Klimt’s oeuvre because it represents a link between his realist phase and the period when he began to adopt a more Impressionist style of painting.