The Kiss (1907–1908)
Klimt took three years to complete the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. It measures 138 x 138 cm and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style. The picture was painted in Vienna and commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer- a wealthy industrialist who sponsored the arts and favored and supported Gustav Klimt.
Adele Bloch-Bauer, in her will, asked her husband to donate the Klimt paintings to the Austrian State Gallery upon his death. She died in 1925 from meningitis. When the Nazis took over Austria, her widowed husband had to flee to
. His property, including the Klimt paintings, was confiscated. In his 1945 testament, Bloch-Bauer designated his nephew and nieces, including Maria Altmann, as the inheritors of his estate. Switzerland
As Bloch-Bauer's pictures had remained in
, the government took the position that the testament of Adele Bloch-Bauer had determined that these pictures were to stay there. After a protracted court battle in the United States and in Austria, binding arbitration by the Austrian court established in 2006 that Maria Altmann was the rightful owner of this and four other paintings by Klimt. After the pictures were sent to Austria America, they were on display in in 2006 before the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was sold to Ronald Lauder in June 2006. Los Angeles 's Neue Galerie is reported to have paid $135 million for the looted Klimt portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The painting is the centerpiece of Lauder’s collection, Neue Galerie in New York . This collection has for years been in the process of recovering Jewish-owned art, mostly from New York Germany and , that had been confiscated or looted by the Nazi government. Austria
The Three Ages of Woman, 1905, Oil on canvas, 178 x 198 cm, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna,
Later his art was influenced by Kokoshka, Egon Schiele and the ideas of Expressionism: presenting the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas to express meaningor emotional experience rather than physical reality.
Black Feather Hat, 1910Portraits of wealthy members of
The Virgin, 1913