Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze

Photographic portrait of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt Wikimedia Commons

In 1902, Gustav Klimt created the Beethoven Frieze. This massive painting was inspired by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The work is enormous; it is 34 meters wide and 2 meters high. Klimt painted it as one large work, though it was later split into seven pieces in order to be moved.

The work is currently on display in a specially-designed room at the Secession Building in Vienna, Austria.

A well-known section of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. It features an armored knight and two women; the knight represents strength, and the women embody ambition and sympathy.
Beethoven Frieze Artstor
The entirety of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze
Klimt's Beethoven Frieze
Klimt's Beethoven Frieze on display
Beethoven Frieze on display
The Austrian 100 Euro Secession Coin, minted on November 10, 2004. The back (shown here) features figures from Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
Secession Coin Wikimedia Commons