Adele Bloch-Bauer's portrait...

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Adele Bloch-Bauer II, by Gustave Klimt (1912)
Technique: óoil on canvas
Private Collection - MoMA
Gustave Klimt (Austria, 1862-1918) painted two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the woman married to a successful businessman and active member of Vienna's cultural elite, who gave economic support to many artists and writers of the time. The painting, which now belongs to a private collector, is currently on display at New York's MoMA, in a room dedicated to 1900s Vienna, a time in which the city became the cultural capital of Europe, gathering artist, architects and designers at its many cafés to discuss new artistic experiences. Gustave Klimt was one of the leaders of those artists and in this painting he portrays a 30-year-old Bloch-Bauer. The woman wears an expensive dress before an opulent background that could very well be a very decorated wall of her own home. 
In 1938 the Nazis take possession of this portrait, together with other artworks belonging to the  Bloch-Bauer family collection (even Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was later recovered and now hangs at the Neue Galerie in New York). In 2006, after years of legal disputes, the artworks were returned to the Bloch-Bauers, who sold them to other collectors.

To see... "Woman in Gold", a movie starring Helen Mirren on how the Bloch-Bauer family recovered one of Adele's portraits. Opens in Spring in the US.

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