Lady in yellow dress

I have a confession to make. I love museums. I always have and I believe I always will. There’s something sacred about about them – people behave differently and the most mundane things become magical and “worth looking at” (Duchamp’s “Pissoir” comes to mind).

As a museum lover, there are few better cities to live in than beautiful Vienna where I currently reside. Of all the museums the city has to offer (over 100), I have a few personal favourites that I visit whenever I need inspiration or some quiet thinking/daydreaming time. One of these is the wonderful “Vienna Museum at Karlsplatz” (Wien Museum, Karlsplatz) which houses a unique mixture historical artefacts from the city as well as key works from local artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

The museum is also home to one of my favourite (albeit 2-dimensional) ladies in Vienna.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the lovely “Lady in Yellow Dress”. Isn’t she stunning?

Max Kurzweil, Lady in Yellow Dress, Dame im gelben Kleid

When I first visited the Vienna Museum at Karlsplatz this painting literally stopped me in my tracks. It’s quite big and was fittingly placed at the very end of a long hall. I fell in love with her instantly and visit the painting every now and then.

I just love her body language and how she’s sitting – it’s so unconventional for the time it was painted (1899). She’s not some shy, demure little lady. She is a confident, feisty woman in a fabulous dress. You may be looking at her but she’s looking right back at you asking “what are you looking at?” – she is just amazing. I wonder if the artist Maximillian Kurzweil (Austrian artist and print-maker) told her to pose that way or if she decided to herself.

INT_lady in yellow dress 1_2013

I couldn’t find any information about her other than the fact that she’s the artist’s wife. But somehow I think it’s better that way – the story I’ve made up for her is probably far more entertaining. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Lady in yellow dress

  1. How fortunate you are to live in Vienna! I’ve been there once, when I was younger. I thougth it was a beautiful city. As my interest in history, culture and art grew bigger I have always longed to go back. Also I would love to visit all the places were Empress Elizabeth once went, that would be awesome.. (Not to mention the Spanish Hofreitschule)

    I totally share your opinion about museums. They have a certain serenity that cannot be found anywhere else. I always enjoy just sitting down, staring at a painting and letting my mind wander.
    Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of people in my circle of friends or relatives that share the same enthusiasm for art and museums. Only my boyfriend. That’s awesome, I can tell you. We can dawdle through museums together for ever!

    The lady in yellow is indeed very intriguing. She has a certain sassiness to her and that yellow dress just pops out of the painting!

    1. Yes, I’m pretty lucky with the museums here in Vienna. As a Sisi fan you almost HAVE to come back – there’s a small museum dedicated to her.
      It’s so nice that you can share museum visits with your boyfriend, very sweet 🙂

      1. Haha yes it’s really weird but we are both super nerds when it comes to history and art….. our summer holidays exists out of visiting as many churches, museums and historical places as possible!!

  2. I live for museums… and libraries… and opera houses. I also love for Vienna, even moreso now that my Manuel Legris is AD of Wiener Staatsballett 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this lovely painting. She is positively stunning. I can see how you could happily spend hours with her.

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