Measures: 252 x 55,2 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna
KANNST DU NICHT ALLEN GEFALLEN DURCH DEINE THAT UND DEIN KUNSTWERK MACHE ES WENIGEN RECHT. VIELEN GEFALLEN IST SCHLIMM. SCHILLER. Translation: If you can’t please everybody with your deeds and your art please only few. To please many is bad. Schiller.
With this very self-confident quotation of Friedrich Schiller inscribed on the top of the painting, Klimt shows this painting at the 4. Exhibition of the Secession in Vienna. The mirror in her hand reflects the art exposed at this exhibition- so modern art is veritas- the truth.