Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter, and a part of the Vienna Secession movement. He made paintings and murals, and lived from 1862-1918. He mostly painted women. This is Mäda Primavesi, an oil on canvas painting he made in 1912. The painting is of Mada Primavesi when she was nine years old. It was made as a gift for André and Clara Mertens, in memory of her mother, Jenny Pulitzer Steiner.
I found this painting interesting because most of the portraits I see are of people with a sort of blank expression; as if they were so bored they just wanted to leave. But if you look at this girl’s eyebrows she seems more determined, ever so slightly. This is backed up by her pose, with one arm bent to her hip, and her legs spread out. It’s almost like she’s saying “what are you looking at?” Instead of being passive as many portraits are.
The background looks to be an assortment of textures and colors like most of Klimt’s paintings. I like how the green and pink in the background matches the flowers on the girl’s dress, and I think the artist did well separating the matching tone of the background and the girl’s dress and legs so that you can tell they’re separate. Also, the texture on the dress is rather interesting. I like how the dress has three different textures in it, and they make it look like fabric would.
I think it’s a very good portrait: I usually find portraits boring, but I really like her expression and stance, and the background is well designed. The green in the background seems to frame the white floor in a way that leads your eye to the girl, and the pink wall in the background contrasts nicely with the green floor.