Curator Socks

The Sunflower Socks


Artist: Gustav Klimt

Created: 1907

Dimensions (cm): 110 x 110

Format: oil on canvas

Location: Private Collection

Sunflower has an unequivocal Klimt magic in its ethereal sparkles and contours. The triangular composition, resembling some of his most famous works, has led many to believe it is a metaphor for a portrait of his life companion, Emilie Flöge.

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian symbolist and the leader of the art nouveau group Vienna Secession. Artistically gifted from a young age, he made a living as a painter of architectural decorations before developing his own very unique style. Many of his work was centred around the female form - even being considered somewhat pornographic in his time - and extensive use of metallic gold in his palette of colour. The son of a gold engraver, Klimt incorporated the use of gold leaf into his later works.

Painted in 1907 - a time at which the artist was working alongside his mentor and close friend Van Gogh - Sunflower falls along Klimt's 'Golden Phase'. Though lesser-known, his landscapes possessed the same ethereal and sparkly nuances that characterized much of his work Clearly hinting at a human shape, the sunflower is placed prominently in the centre of this painting in a triangular composition, similar to some of his other works, most notably The Kiss. This has led to the belief that, on a metaphorical level, this could have been meant as a portrait of Klimt's life companion, Emilie Flöge. The self-contained portrayal of a beautiful, yet lonely flower could correspond to the lifelong relationship between herself and Klimt that was never clearly defined.

80% Combed Cotton, 17% Polyamide, 3% Elastane.
Made in Portugal using the most advanced craftsmanship to produce the finest seamless socks.

Wash inside out (40ºC/100ºF max). Do not tumble dry, iron.

For men:
- Large: L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (8-12)
- Medium: M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (4½-7½)

For women:
- Large:  L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (10-12½)
- Medium:  M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (6-9½)