Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Painting NamePortrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Painter NameGustav Klimt
Completion Date1907
Place of CreationAustria, Vienna
Size138 cm × 138 cm (54 in × 54 in)
TechniqueGold, Oil, Silver
Current LocationNeue Galerie New York

Referred sometimes as the Austrian Mona Lisa, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt is a world-known portrait of a wealthy society aristocrat woman named Adele Bloch- Bauer. The whole painting is depicted with real gold and silver leaves, and some regular oil paint. There was also another portrait of the woman called Adele Bloch Baucer II.

The Painting made the Austrian artist so famous and main stream, that after the exhibition of the work, he got many commissions. The painting was from his golden age during which he worked with real gold and silver for his paintings. This wasn’t his first time use of paintings.

Painting broke all records of being expensive in June 2006 by a staggering amount of $135 million paid by the new owner. Though, it was broken short after in October 2006 by the Pablo Picasso’s controversial painting Le Reve.

Another history attached to the painting is regarding to the Nazis in World War II. A mass art theft and stealing happened by Nazis during the war in many countries. Austria was no exception. Actually, Austria was the first country which Nazis conquered. Allegedly, they also obtained the painting after the widowed husband of Adele Bloch-Bauer flew away to save himself from the Nazis. Though, in recent times, after a long court-battle, the painting was given to the true owners of the painting – remaining family members of Gustav Klimt.

The Lady in Gold is currently resting in the Neue Galerie, New York since 2006.


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