“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” is a painting by the famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. The portrait depicts a 26-year-old girl from the Jewish bourgeoisie. The face, neck and arms of the heroine are made very realistic. But the model’s dress almost merges with the gold background.
Author: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).
Year of writing: 1907
Size: 138 x 138 cm.
Style: Modern. Genre: Portrait.
Technique: Oil painting.
Location: New Gallery, New York, USA.
Gustav Klimt is an artist of the XIX-XX centuries, a well-known representative of Viennese Art Nouveau. The painter often depicted nude female nature in his works. Rumor has it that he had a passion for many ladies, not being with anyone in a long relationship.
Painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” by Gustav Klimt – the artist’s view of female beauty
The history of the creation of the “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” is also associated with the master’s love affairs. According to legend, the heroine’s husband ordered the painting when he found out that his wife was cheating on him with Gustav Klimt. It would seem that the act is illogical: the beloved will spend a lot of time with the artist. But the spouse had his own calculation.
He heard that the painter’s passion for another lady is usually short-lived. The man believed that Adele would get bored with her lover even faster if he saw her constantly. The woman will be disappointed, and her wife will be amused that he was able to avenge the betrayal. The “Golden Adele” (as the painting was also called) was once taken over by the Nazis, and after the end of the war it was exhibited in the Belvedere Gallery.
Only in 1998, Adele’s niece Maria learned that the portrait had been bequeathed to her. The woman managed to get it eight years later, after numerous courts and a global scandal. Together with this work of Maria, other works of Gustav Klimt were inherited. The painting was considered a national treasure of Austria. When they had to part with the portrait, the inhabitants of the country took it very painfully. But today, everyone can admire the work in the New Gallery in New York: its owner bought the painting from Maria.