Klimt Studio ΠSociety

Gustav Klimt's last studio is located at Feldmühlgasse 11, in an area called Unter St. Veit which became part of Vienna's 13th district in 1890/1892. Klimt's studio inside Klimt Villa is just a few minutes walk away from the U4 underground station Unter St. Veit. Alternatively tram 58 stops even closer to Klimt Villa at the Feldmühlgasse junction on Hietzinger Hauptstraße.

When Klimt relocated his studio in 1911 from Josefstädter Straße 21 (near the Rathaus in the centre of Vienna) the building was a single storey Biedermeier house owned by furniture manufacturer Josef Hermann and his wife Helene. The connection with Klimt came via their daughter Elisabeth who was friendly with the painter Felix Albrecht Harta. She married Harta two years after her parents rented the house to Klimt.

Harta lived opposite at Feldmühlgasse 12 and Egon Schiele also had his studio just around the corner at Hietzinger Hauptstraße 101.

Klimt chose this address because it was away from the busy city centre and surrounded by trees and greenery which provided the privacy he craved. A Vienna newspaper report, anonymously written, said,"Rarely a friend came to venture into the self-chosen hermitage of the painter who, being very sensitive, was eager to shun away from the public, did not like to see faces around him, especially the faces of strangers."

Klimt's last studio, cf. www.klimtvilla.at