Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, original

By Gustav Klimt SKU:12363

Gustav Klimt's ""Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I"" is an iconic masterpiece completed in 1907. This striking painting features Adele, a Viennese society woman, adorned in opulent gold and intricate patterns. What makes it exceptionally special is its historical significance as a symbol of the Viennese Secession movement and Klimt's golden phase. Additionally, its journey is remarkable, having been subject to Nazi looting during World War II and later reclaimed, becoming a symbol of restitution. Its beauty, combined with its rich history, solidifies its place as an invaluable and culturally significant artwork.

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Title: “”Gustav Klimt’s Iconic Portrait: Adele Bloch-Bauer I””

Year Painted: 1907

Gustav Klimt’s “”Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,”” completed in 1907, is an extraordinary masterpiece of the Viennese Secession movement and Klimt’s golden phase. This painting showcases Adele Bloch-Bauer, an elegant Viennese socialite, adorned in lavish gold and intricate patterns, exuding an aura of grandeur and opulence.

What sets this artwork apart and makes it truly special is its profound historical significance and remarkable journey over the years. During World War II, the Nazis looted the painting, but it was later reclaimed after a long legal battle and returned to the rightful heirs of the Bloch-Bauer family. This restitution became a symbol of justice and hope for countless other artworks looted during the war, resonating with people worldwide.

Klimt’s artistry in “”Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”” is unparalleled. He masterfully blends symbolism, sensuality, and the Art Nouveau style to create a stunning representation of Adele, capturing her inner strength and allure. The intricate golden patterns, a hallmark of his golden phase, add an ethereal dimension to the portrait, creating an otherworldly presence.

Adele Bloch-Bauer herself played a significant role in Vienna’s cultural scene, hosting intellectual and artistic gatherings at her salons. Klimt’s portrayal of her not only reflects her persona but also mirrors the emerging emancipation of women during the turn of the century. Through this painting, Klimt transcends mere representation and delves into the essence of his subject, leaving an enduring impact on viewers.

The portrait’s popularity soared over the years, captivating art enthusiasts and sparking curiosity about Adele and her connection with Klimt. Its fame reached new heights in 2006 when the painting was acquired by Ronald Lauder and displayed at the Neue Galerie in New York City, attracting millions of visitors who were enthralled by its beauty and intriguing history.

Beyond its artistic merits, “”Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”” stands as a testament to the power of art in bridging cultures and histories. It serves as a poignant reminder of the injustices faced by countless artworks during turbulent times and the significance of rightful restitution.

In conclusion, Gustav Klimt’s “”Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”” is a timeless masterpiece, celebrated for its historical significance, breathtaking artistry, and the captivating story of its journey through time. It remains an artistic treasure that continues to inspire and move audiences around the world.

Original size:
138 x 138 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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