A detail of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” (1907) by Klimt is illustrated on the surface of this porcelain Art Light
It took three years to Klimt to complete the first of two of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881-1925), a refined art-loving Viennese salon lady, a patron and close friend of the artist. The picture was painted in Vienna, where the artist lived and worked, and commissioned by Adele “husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist. She was the only model ever painted twice by Gustav Klimt. The original oil and gold on canvas has been referred to as the final and most fully representative work of his golden phase.
In 1938, the Nazis took possession of this portrait along with other works of art in the Bloch-Bauer family “collection (including Adele Bloch-Bauer II, 1912). In 2006, after years of legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and subsequently sold to other collections. The portrait of the Woman in Gold” is now in the collection of the Neue Galerie, New York
Genuine 22-cart gold decoration
Including tea-light candle and collector’s booklet
Gift boxed in nostalgic tin with foam inlay.