Gustav Klimt’s Portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer II, one of two formal portraits that the artist made of Adele Bloch-Bauer, an important patron of the artist, is on view at The Museum of Modern Art beginning September 5 as a special long-term loan from a private collection.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Friday 05 September 2014 to Wednesday 31 December 2014

Gustav Klimt’s Portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer II  image

Published by MOMA on Monday 08 September 2014.
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Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist in Vienna, where Klimt lived and worked. Completed in 1912, the composition emphasizes Bloch-Bauer’s social station within Vienna’s cultural elite. Her towering figure, in opulent dress, is set against a jewel-toned backdrop of nearly abstract patterned blocks that suggest a richly decorated domestic interior.

In 1938, the Nazis took possession of this portrait along with other works of art in the Bloch-Bauer family’s collection (including Adele Bloch-Bauer I, now in the collection of the Neue Galerie, New York). In 2006, after years of legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and subsequently sold to other collections.