Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I - Gustav Klimt - 1907

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TitlePortrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
ArtistGustav Klimt
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions138 x 138 cm
Art MovementArt Nouveau
Current LocationPrivate Collection, Neue Galerie New York, New York City, US

About Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

The artwork “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” is an eminent piece by Gustav Klimt, executed in 1907 as an oil on canvas. It is an iconic example of the Art Nouveau movement, measuring 138 by 138 centimeters. This celebrated portrait, which showcases Klimt’s unique style and ornate detailing, belongs to a private collection and is currently held at the Neue Galerie New York in New York City, United States.

The artwork depicts Adele Bloch-Bauer, a Viennese socialite and the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist who commissioned the portrait. The subject is elegantly attired in a sumptuous robe that blends into an opulent background of intricate decorations composed of gold leaf and varied patterns that echo Byzantine influences. The gown’s texture and the geometric motifs enveloping the figure demonstrate Klimt’s fascination with surface ornamentation and his skill in marrying figurative representation with decorative abstraction. The subject’s expression is serene and introspective, her eyes gazing directly at the viewer, creating a powerful focal point amid the shimmering complexity of the decorative elements. This masterwork is a quintessential representation of Klimt’s golden phase and is noted for its rich symbolism, luxurious materials, and the harmonious interplay between figure and ornamentation.

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