Archives de Tag: Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

3) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Painted in 1907, which was five years before his Portrait II of this model listed as number 10 above. This earlier piece was sold in a private sale by Bloch-Bauer’s niece Maria Altmann in 2006 to collector and Ronald Lauder (of Estee Lauder cosmetics) for his Neue Galerie, which is located in New York City and features nineteenth and twentieth century works of art. The price of the sale was $135 million, which when adjusted for inflation comes to $137.6 million.

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10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Painted in 1912, it features the wife of an industrialist named Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a supporter of Klimt’s career. His wife is actually the only model to appear in two of Klimt’s paintings (see number 3 on this list for the other one). There is an interesting story regarding both of these works. After Adele’s death, her husband was forced to leave Austria to escape from the Nazis, leaving his estate, including these Klimt paintings of his wife, behind. When he died, he left the paintings to his niece, Maria Altmann. Altmann actually went to court against the Austrian government to retain rightful ownership of these works. She was ultimately successful in this attempt. She sold this portrait at auction in 2006 through Christie’s, New York, for $87.9 million. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $89.1 million for the sale. This beauty sits in the living of Nicolae Buzaianu in Paris.

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