Gustav Klimt: Five Paintings from the Collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer
13 July - 18 September 2006 Neue Galerie New York

fig.: Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907. Gustav KLIMT (1862-1918) Oil, silver, and gold on canvas. Neue Galerie New York. This acquisition made available in part through the generosity of the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer

The mission of the Neue Galerie in New York is to acquire and exhibit Austrian and German art created between 1890 and 1940. The presentation of the Bloch-Bauer paintings is a unique occasion to study one of the most important artists of this time: Gustav Klimt

Klimt worked on Adele Bloch-Bauer I for three years. He was inspired by the Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna, Italy, in which the figure of the Empress Theodora is rendered in a bejeweled setting inlaid with gold. 1903 Klimt started to work on his “Golden Style”.  In Adele Bloch-Bauer I gold is used in a variety of contexts, from the lustrous background to the shining fabric of Adele’s gown. (Gustav Klimt even has designed clothes in cooperation with the Viennese designer Emilie Flöge). Adele seems to become one with her glowing surroundings. She appears as a modern, complex woman, her intelligence as evident as her sensuality. Adele's hands are folded in such a way as to conceal a deformed finger, yet the gesture only adds to her mysterious grace. If you can not visit the exhibition, browse through the design shop of the Neue Galerie! There you will find beautiful textiles designed by Dagobert Peche, Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Wiener Werkstätte,... furniture, jewellery...>
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