To Gustav Klimt all we know for The kiss, a work light, wonderful, exquisite. But there is another, truly precious, which is called Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Or as it is also known: The lady of gold. It took three years of work and finished it in 1907. In 2006 he bought it Ronald Lauder, owner of the Neue Galerie in New York, at $ 135 million, a number rarely seen in the history of art. Since then, there is.
For the beginning of the TWENTIETH century, Klimt was already a famous artist. His style was unique: shone (in the metaphorical sense, but also literal in the term). Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, husband of Adele, he was commissioned a portrait of his wife. This jewish marriage used part of the fortune from the sugar industry to fund artists. Adele Bloch-Bauer it is the only model painted twice by Klimt: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II it did in 1912.
Knowing that the work of Klimt, was of unsurpassed quality, Adele amended by the testament of her husband (where he left as an inheritance his collection to his nephews) for everything to be donated to the Gallery of the Austrian State. When the nazis occupied Austria, she is already dead, the widower went into exile in Switzerland and all their properties were confiscated, including the collection Klimt. At the fall of the nazism, the boxes remained in the hands of the austrian State.
Eighty-three years had Maria Altmannniece of marriage Bloch-Bauer, when he discovered that his aunt had modified the last will and testament and that Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I should be in your hands. In the british movie of 2015 The lady of goldstarring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, narrates this epic: the case of “Republic of Austria vs. Altman” that went to the Supreme Court of the united States. Finally won Altmann and became the legal owner of this fabulous box, and many others of Klimt.
The work is exhibited for a time in Los Angeles and finally bought Lauder to hang in the Neue Galerie, in New York. For this collector, who was U.s. Ambassador to Austria, a member of the World Jewish Restitution Organization and of the commission designated by Bill Clinton to examine cases of theft nazi Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I it is not a work more.
That’s why, when you bought it and placed it on his gallery so that the public can see it, he said: “It is our Mona Lisa”.