Gustav Klimt

Austrian painter, 1862-1918

The Austrian symbolist painter was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. In 2006, the 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was purchased for the Neue Galerie New York by Ronald Lauder reportedly for US $135 million, surpassing Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million), as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.

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Klimt, Gustav

Maler (1862-1918). Autograph letter signed ("Gustav"). Tata Tóváros. 2 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo.
$ 19,952 / 18.500 € (78424)

To his mother, telling about his arrival in Tata Tóváros, and a concert he had attended, much-too-tight patent-leather boots, eating and drinking all the time, and some nightmares he had that very first night, but "tomorrow I want to work seriously". - On stationery with black border; edges slightly frayed.

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Klimt, Gustav

Maler (1862-1918). Autograph letter signed. Wien. 3 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Mit eh. adr. Kuvert.
$ 23,727 / 22.000 € (78425)

To the painter Karl Haunold (1832-1911), apologizing for having forgotten an invitation: "Es geht nun einmal nicht anders, ich muß die Wahrheit unverblümt sagen, ich habe vergessen, Ihrer für mich so schmeichelhaften Einladung für Freitag Folge zu leisten, ich habe nicht einmal die Entschuldigung durch wichtige Angelegenheiten anderweitig in Anspruch genommen gewesen zu sein, sondern ich hatte nur einen kleinen Gang zu thun und verbummelte die andere Zeit des Abends in gewöhnlichster Weise, als ich um halb zehn Uhr nach Hause kam war ich verwundert empfangen, da ich ja doch bei Onkel Haunold sein sollte.

All der Schrecken der mir in die Glieder führ, änderte an der Sache nichts mehr, ich konnte auch nicht wagen 10 Uhr Abends das Versäumte nachzuholen. Ich stehe da, als reuiger Sünder! [...]". - In mint condition..

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Klimt, Gustav

Maler (1862-1918). Printed document signed. Wien. 1 S. Gr.-8vo. Beigebogen eine hs. Autorisation zur Reproduktion durch die Fa. H. Gedan, Xylographisches Kunstinstitut (1 S., qu.-gr.-8vo).
$ 6,255 / 5.800 € (48334/BN30767)

Printed contract as used by the "Gesellschaft für vervielfältigende Kunst" in Vienna, to which Klimt here grants exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce his brother Ernst's painting "Hanswurst auf der Jahrmarktbühne", exhibited at the Künstlerhaus in April 1895. The picture had been completed by Gustav Klimt after his brother's death in 1892. - Several contemporary notes; severe edge damage.

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Klimt, Gustav

Maler (1862-1918). Confirmation signed. Wien. 1 S. Qu.-8vo. Mit einer Beilage (s. u.).
$ 10,246 / 9.500 € (49371/BN33749)

Confirms the receipt of 765 Kronen as well as 9 drawings and 1 oil painting. - Includes a typed letter in which a Mr. Krzizek requests this confirmation, mentioning the Austrian painter Carl Moll, who had obtained two of Klimt's drawings for an auction held at the Palais Auersperg.

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