Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Artist Gustav Klimt
Year 1907
Medium Oil, silver, and gold on canvas
Location Neue Galerie
Dimensions 54 in × 54 in
138 cm × 138 cm
Famous Paintings by Gustav Klimt
The Kiss
Adele Bloch-Bauer I
The Three Ages of Woman
Adele Bloch-Bauer II
Beethoven Frieze

Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt took the artist a time period of 3 years to complete. The art work is made of oil and gold, on a canvas print, and it is used to display an elaborate and an ornate style or art. Klimt was one of the members of the Vienna Secesion, and these artists were known to break away from the traditional style of art. Adele Bloch-Bauer I was the image of a model, and was one of the two models that he had painted during the course of his career over time.


The painting was owned by the model’s husband, and upon her request it was later donated to the Austrian State Gallery. When Austrian government took over, the country took possession of the painting, and all that was in the estate. Later, a battle erupted over ownership with the US. Today, it sits in the Neue Gallery in New York.

Film & Books

The illustrious Adele Bloch-Bauer I not only inspired art forms, but also films and books were created about the famous model. The painting was a centerpiece for future works of art, and for other projects about the model, and the piece that was created by Klimt.

As one of the richest pieces of art to be created, the unique design not only boasts a different form of art, it also uses material such as gold, which makes these paintings extremely valuable to those who are willing to purchase it. It was reported that the painting sold for $135 million, to Ronald Lauder. Today, the piece is sitting in the museum, and it is the centerpiece in his museum, as well as one of the most expensive pieces that are on display at the museum he runs as well.

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