Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), currently housed in the Neue Art Gallery in New York, was once the most expensive painting the world, last sold at auction for $135 million dollars. An intricate labor of love, the affection and sumptuous reproduction of the likeness of Klimt’s wealthy client Adele Bloch-Bauer took three years to complete. Painted with Oil, Silver, and Gold on Canvas the painting is as well-known for its scandalous and tumultuous history as for its daring integration of Byzantine mosaic techniques. Before her death, Bloch-Bauer bequeathed the work to the Austrian State Gallery but was immediately appropriated by the Nazi forces during World War II. The surviving husband of Adele, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer declared the paintings the property of his heirs and heiresses. Nevertheless, the Austrian state held the paintings until their return in 2006 to relatives of the Bloch-Bauers.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a startling demonstration of the Art Nouveau style in a monumental size for such an expansive canvas of gold filigree. No simple reproduction of her likeness, Klimt initiates a playful narrative within the painting, revealing a close personal relationship between artist and model. Their friendship lasted for years and, in light of Klimt’s string of love affairs, it was rumored more existed between the pair than a working relationship. Appearing fragile amid a sea of gold and luxury, the artist paints the wife of the sugar magnate as molded and mutated by the wealth that surrounds her. This proud lady of the Vienna salons adored the works of Gustav Klimt and built up a collection of five of his pieces over the period of her short life. Certainly the auction of these pieces after their return to the family is one of the most dramatic and poignant moments in art history.
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