The Palais Stoclet dining room murals by Gustav Klimt are one of the most iconic and historic works of art in the world. Created between 1905-1911, they are considered one of Klimt’s masterpieces.
Commissioned by the wealthy Belgian banker and railway entrepreneur, Baron Adolphe Stoclet, the murals were created for the dining room of Stoclet's grand home in Brussels. The commission represented a major opportunity for Klimt and he devoted a great deal of time to the project.
The main mural is composed of two sections, the upper section depicting a wealth of figures and shapes of varying sizes and colors, and the lower section displaying a tree of life in the center with four large peacocks flanking it. The colorful and abstract mural is revealed to be a landscape of trees, shrubs and figures with a classical fountain in the background.
The accompanying panels on either side include a variety of allegorical figures, including a knight in a golden suit of armor, a blindfolded Native American in full feather headdress, and a chubby naked child with a turtle. The entire mural reflects Klimt's signature style of mixing ornate and decorative detail with a modernist and avant-garde aesthetic.
Palais Stoclet's dining room mural became an instant classic and the making of it elevated Klimt to one of the most celebrated and innovative artists of the time. The murals have a timeless and iconic presence and continue to be an inspiration for modern art today.