Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt

Style: Art Nouveau

Lived: July 14, 1862 - February 6, 1918 (19th - 20th century)

Nationality: Austria

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

1907

by Gustav Klimt



According to press reports it was sold for 135 million dollar to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006 which would make it the most expensive painting ever sold up to then. However in November 2006, No. 5 by Jackson Pollock sold for an even higher price, so it no longer is the most expensive painting ever. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I has been on display at the gallery since July 2006.

Klimt took three years to complete the painting. It measures 138 x 138 cm and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style. Klimt was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists that broke away from the traditional way of painting. The painting was judged to be pivotal and revolutionary, akin to Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon of the same year. The picture was painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. As a wealthy industrialist who had made his fortune in the sugar industry, he sponsored the arts and favored and supported Gustav Klimt. His wife Adele Bloch-Bauer became the only model who was painted twice by Klimt when he completed a second picture of her, Adele Bloch-Bauer II, in 1912.

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Interesting Ciao Adele Poster on Flickr


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