Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Artist

Gustav Klimt
(b. 1862, Baumgarten d. 1918 , Vienna )

Date

1907

Medium

Oil, silver, and gold on canvas

Classification

Fine Arts

Measurements

overall: 140 cm x 140 cm

Credit Line

Neue Galerie New York. Acquired through the generosity of Ronald S. Lauder, the Heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Estée Lauder Fund

Accession Number

2006.04

Description

This "golden style" depiction of Adele Bloch-Bauer is arguably Klimt's most famous portrait. She was the only sitter that Klimt painted twice in full-legth. Klimt received the commission in 1903 but did not complete the painting until 1907, when it was presented in Mannheim that same year. Klimt executed hundreds of preparatory sketches in preparation for the final composition and tried posing her both seated and standing. As executed, the result is ambiguous.

Provenance

Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, 1907 until autumn 1938, acquired from the artist, until seized by the Nazis
With Dr. Erich Führer, Vienna, by 1939
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, 1941, inv. no. 3830
Heirs of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, 2006, restituted by the Republic of Austria
Neue Galerie New York, 2006, acquired from the above