About Klimt Notebook – Custom Works – Adele Bloch-Bauer
This Klimt Notebook represents one of the artist’s most famous paintings: Adele Bloch-Bauer. Klimt’s work “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was commissioned by Adele’s husband, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer a banker and sugar producer, and it is representative of Gustav Klimt lavish gilding and organic art nouveau patterning. Following the Anschluss of Austria by Nazi Germany, Ferdinand Bloch-Baer fled Austria leaving behind much of his belongings and art collection, including “The Woman in Gold”. The painting was stolen by the Nazis and displayed at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. In 2006 Maria Altmann, a member of the Bloch-Bauer family and her attorney E. Randol Schoenberg (grandson of the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, who influenced the Vienna Secessionist including Gustav Klimt) was able to recover the painting and sold it to Ronald Lauder, co-founder of the Neue Galerie in New York, where it currently resides. More details on Klimt Notebook – Custom Works – Adele Bloch-Bauer:
- Dimensions: 5″ x 8″ x 0.5″ Inches (est)
- Weight: 0.5 lbs (est)
- Materials: Metal spiral ring, hard cover notebook.
- Artwork: Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
- Made in the UK
About Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter who was considered to be particularly controversial during his time. Klimt “main subject in his work was the female body. He became known for the highly decorative style and erotic nature of his works, which were seen as a rebellion against the traditional academic art of his time. Gustav Klimt is a prominent figure in the 20th century art world, as well as divisive one for the time. Constantly plagued by obscenity complaints and people not appreciating his work, he furthered and advocated for a separation from Academic art, founding along with other artists, architects and designers the Vienna Secessionist Movement, which also praised the Art Nouveau style. Gustav Klimt is mostly known for his “golden phase” a time period during his career where he strived to lavishly use gold leaf in his works, under the influence of Italo-Byzantine religious works of Medieval and Proto-Rennaisance art, to convey a deep symbolic meaning.