The monochromatic pinky-brown palette and highly stylized drawing of Woman in a Black Feather Hat
demonstrates Klimt's growing interest in Expressionism through his friendship with the young
. The movement's growing interest was the expression of human suffering and emotions through the heightened impact of strong colors and
distortion of form, with Vincent van Gogh
often regarded as a forerunner in the genre.
This particular simplistic work is a far cry from Klimt's complex paintings of the past ten years. With its monochromatic air and tapered fingers, it recalls Picasso's "Blue period"
in turn influenced by the Mannerist-Expressionist works of El Greco
(1541-1614). Klimt probably saw Picasso's Blue period works in his travels during this period
to Brussels and Paris. Important Expressionists included fellow Austrian genius, Oskar Kokoschka (1886 - 198), whose one-man show at the 1908 Kunstschau exhibition did not cause the predicted riot
but was panned by critics thinking it another Klimt-inspired prank, like the University paintings scandal. They certainly did not foresee Kokoschka becoming the highest-paid artist in Germany by