Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II


Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II
The portrait was painted in year of 1912 by Gustav Klimt. Klimt regularly worked on several cases at once, often painting his models in the nude before clothing them.

He was an Austrian painter at the end of nineteenth century. Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten near Vienna on 14th July 1862 and second of the seven children of the engraver Ernest Klimt and his wife Anna. In 1876 Klimt enters, the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, where he studies under Ferdinand Laufberger and Julius Victor Berger until 1883.

Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer was one of several that he painted of wealthy members of the Viennese Jewish community.

Who is the girl? Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Jewish sugar industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a wealthy industrialist who sponsored the arts and supported Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model to be painted twice by Klimt; she also appeared in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. She was the only model to be painted twice by Gustav Klimt.

Adele Bloch-Bauer was died at the young age of 43 and she requested that the painting to be given to the Austrian government. It then was looted by German’s Nazi during the war before considered as Austrian national treasures for many years.
The painting was old for almost $88 million in November 2006 at Christie’s.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II
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