The Greek industrialist Nikolaus Dumba, a patron of the arts and a music lover, particularly of the music of Franz Schubert, commissioned Klimt to paint two music paintings for decoration above the doors in his music room; one beingMusic II and the other Schubert at the Piano. In it’s time Klimt’s Schubert was his most well-known work, it’s popularity only surpassed later by The Kiss. Poet, essayist and critic Hermann Bahr once wrote: “In my opinion Klimt’s Schubert is the finest painting ever done by an Austrian.”
Music II was unfortunately either destroyed or lost in 1945.
Claudio Arrau plays Schubert Sonata D.960