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?
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.
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. 🙂