In 2006, Klimt’s Apple tree I, a painting both verdant and fraught, fetched the sum of $33,056,000 after a tumultuous journey. In that year the oil landscape was finally restored, along with Birch Forest in Buchenwald (1903), Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and a number of others, to the heirs of the Block-Bauer family, once the favorite clients of Klimt. During the dark years of Austrian history under the Nazi leadership the works were taken from Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, when the property of Jews were placed under the custody of the state. A US relative of the Bloch-Bauer art collectors sued for the works’ return after the Austrian government announced an intention to repatriate looted artworks.
Apple tree I now sits in a private collection, imbued with the history of Austria’s twentieth-century. For the artist the reproduction of a natural scene, perhaps in his much loved holiday spot in Attersee, came at a late stage of his career, as his gold phrase that produced works such as The Kiss and the Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer was on the wane. Painted around 1912 before the dawn of the First World War, it is as if the tree itself was lost in the foliage of the foreground. Klimt initiates a game of depth, as the purple violets appear to occupy the same spatial plane as the ruby red apples behind. In the face of the machine age and the mechanization of public life, Klimt’s Apple tree I is not a pastoral or utopian drive for a return to nature but rather an experiential reproduction of the natural world. A reproduction of a landscape that, like the Birch Forest in Buchenwald (1903), would soak up the coming manifestations of Klimt’s native Austria, and reflect the haunting solace of nature.
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