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Klimt - Picture - ADELE BLOCH-BAUER I (1907)

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It took three years to Klimt to complete the first of two of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881-1925), a refined art-loving Viennese salon lady, a patron and close friend of the artist. The picture was painted in Vienna, where the artist lived and worked, and commissioned by Adele "husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist. She was the only model ever painted twice by Gustav Klimt. The original oil and gold on canvas has been referred to as the final and most fully representative work of his golden phase.

In 1938, the Nazis took possession of this portrait along with other works of art in the Bloch-Bauer family "collection (including Adele Bloch-Bauer II, 1912). In 2006, after years of legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and subsequently sold to other collections. The portrait of the Woman in Gold" is now in the collection of the Neue Galerie, New York

Technical Specifications

Size: 23.82" x 20.87" x 1.38"

Material: Picture on Glass, Porcelain frame

Limited Edition: 3,500 pieces with certificate



Gustav Klimt was a controversial Austrian symbolist painter during his time. Klimt’s main subject in his work was the female body and the beauty of femininity. Art community heavily criticized his art for being too sensual and erotic. Today, they’ve proven to be some of the most memorable paintings ever to emerge from the Vienna Secession movement. He furthered and advocated for the Art Nouveau movement (also known as Jugendstil in Germany). Eventually, he remains one of the most talented decorative painters of the 20th century. Klimt’s “Golden Phase” is quite possibly his most widely recognized period of art. This period emerged following positive reactions to his work and some financial success. The Golden Phase period included a large variety of paintings created with gold leaf in their production. Many of his works during this time, were very popular due to, in part, this utilization of gold with paint. While Klimt never saw much merit or fame from his work during his life, he has reached immortality in death and has greatly influenced the art community after his passing. Musart is proud to showcase the work of such a genius pioneer, who was incredibly important to the ongoing conversation of the art community as a whole.


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