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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.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer I that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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