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. Wien. 3 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 8vo. Mit eh. adr. Kuvert.
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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)]. Obituary. [Wien. 4to.
$ 5,812 / 5.000 € (81062/BN53029)

The funeral of Klimt, who, like Egon Schiele, fell victim to the Spanish flu (after first suffering a stroke), took place on February 6th at the Hietzing cemetery. Among the mourners were Josef Hoffmann, Berta Zuckerkandl, Anton Hanak, Gustav Nebehay, Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, Julius Tandler, Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg. - Small damage to edges and a tiny tear in the center fold; minimally stained and with small traces of assembly on verso.

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Klimt, Gustav

Gedr. Revers mit eigenh. U.
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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; some edge flaws.


Klimt, Gustav

Eigenh. Brief mit U.
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To Ludwig M. König, son of the textile wholesaler family Johann König & Son, Vienna, apologizing for not beeing able to comply König's kind invitation, which was apparently related to a season ticket for the opera or theater. Klimt, and especially his life companion Emilie Flöge and her fashion boutique, were in close business contact with König & Son. - Somewhat wrinkled and dusty; small tears re-backed.


Klimt, Gustav

Bestätigung von anderer Hand mit eigenh. U.
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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.


Klimt, Gustav

Eigenh. Brief mit U.
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To an unnamed addressee, accepting an invitation to a dance event but on the condition that he does not have to dance.


Klimt, Gustav

Eigenh. Bildpostkarte mit U.
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To the Austrian lawyer Friedrich Hetzer, sending greetings from holiday in Badgastein, and grumbling about bad weather. - The image side shows the waterfall at Badgastein.


Klimt, Gustav

Portraitphotographie mit eigenh. Widmung und U.
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The iconic portrait of the painter holding one of his cats was taken by Moritz Nähr in 1911, in the garden of Klimt's studio. Nähr, a friend of Klimt's, was one of the most important innovators in Viennese photography around the turn of the century; several of his works have achieved similar fame: the Secessionists in the Vienna Secession before the opening of the "Beethoven Exhibition" (1902), Gustav Mahler at the Vienna Court Opera (1907), or Ludwig Wittgenstein (1930). - Uncommonly clean: an immaculate print with only very slight fingerstaining to cardboard. - Provenance: according to information provided by the previous owner, the photograph was acquired from the estate of the nurse who cared for the painter before he succumbed to the Spanish flu.