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Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
The original is a unique marriage of oil paint, gold flake and silver, all coming together into a union of wealth, grandeur, and bombastic decadence that reflects, like few other paintings ever could, the mood, concerns, and dreams of its time. As memorable for its controversial history and journey through the twentieth-century, Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, painted in 1907 and now one of the centrepieces of the Neue Art Gallery in New York, recently held the title of the most costly painting in the world, selling at auction for $135 million dollars. Valuable long before its journey into posterity, Klimt's depiction of the wealthy heiress Adele Bloch-Bauer took him over three years to finish and was the product of a tumultuous affair that became the most memorable love affairs of fin-de-siècle Vienna.
The artist's sumptuous canvas hides a tale of intimacy and extravagance, and was born of an intimate relationship between painter and sitter. Following their lengthy friendship and keeping in mind Klimt's notorious reputation for affairs, many have identified Bloch-Bauer as Klimt's muse. Commissioned by her husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a prominent industrialist, the artist's vision of the socialite is a delicate and hyperbolic treasure trove of luxury and decadence. Bloch-Bauer is literally shaped by the wealth and filigree that her likeness is rendered in. While interpretations of the work abound Klimt may have been articulating his own views on the world of art collecting in depicting one his most loyal patrons. Shortly before she died, Bloch-Bauer, herself a Jew, promised the canvas to the state of Austria just before the Nazi takeover of the country the year preceding World War II. The looted work was not returned to the family until 2006 when it was immediately offered for auction, reaching that staggering sum.
Rendered in Klimt's own inimitable style, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a pastiche of Byzantine icon painting and devotional mosaics that the artist was introduced to upon his travels to the city of Ravenna wherein some of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine art can be seen. Klimt's idiosyncratic techniques would come to incapsulate the Art Nouveau period of the Vienna Secession group of artists. Ornamental, a shameless symbol of wealth, and a poignant vision of love, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I sums up one of the formative chapters of modern art.
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