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Golden Adele is Gustav’s most significant painting. The portrait of the Austrian Mona Lisa earned scandalous fame. In 2006, it was sold for a huge amount - more than one hundred million US dollars. In 2015, the film "Woman in Gold" was shot about this canvas.
The painting depicting Adele Bloch-Bauer was created under the influence of Byzantine art. The artist was inspired by Byzantine art after a visit to Venice and Ravenna. After visiting the churches, he transferred the style and manner of decorating church mosaics with gold to his canvases.
The artist depicted Adele using mostly cold tones. Face, hands stand out spectacularly from other episodes of the picture. The portrait can be divided into two parts (vertically): Adele is on the right side, the canvas is empty on the left, only a faint hint of a home environment. At the bottom of the canvas, the artist located the hem of Adele's dress.
Klimt was not afraid to experiment with a variety of techniques that were used in painting. He was looking for new looks for his work.
In 1907, a portrait of Golden Adele was exhibited in the painter's workshop in Austria. In 1910 he was exhibited in Italy. Later, the Bloch-Bauer family did not exhibit the canvas until 1918. During the hostilities in Europe, Hitler did not take the painting to his collection - Adele was born Jewish. Therefore, such a canvas could not be located either in the Reichstag, or even in Nazi Germany.
Adele Bloch-Bauer bequeathed after her death all the paintings in the Austrian gallery. Unfortunately, today it will not be possible to fulfill the testament of a woman in gold - all the canvases were sold to private collections.
Krymova Winter Evening