October 18, 2011

Art Inspired: Gustav Klimt, Golden Adele

Who knew that this gold encrusted portrait of the thin and elegant woman who loved partying with intellectuals, artists, and musicians would have such a tumultuous history? 'Golden Adele' was created during the best period of Gustav Klimt's career and exemplified his quest for erotic ecstasy and glamour that his subject Adele so admired him for. It took three years and over one hundred sketches to bring this three-dimensional shimmering masterpiece to life, and it bears all sorts of mysteries in its Byzantine mosaic background, including Adele's intitials 'AB" everywhere. It was also rumored but never proven that Adele, the wife of a wealthy sugar industry baron, had a long affair with Klimt.

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Adele Bloch-Bauer I, or 'Golden Adele', is often referred to as the Austrian Mona Lisa. The centerpiece of the Bloch-Bauer's collection, it was confiscated by the Nazis and later bought by a gallery in Vienna in 1941. In 2006, a court decision attributed the ownership of the painting to Maria Altmann, the niece of the Bloch-Bauers, who then sold the painting for 135 million dollars to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City. It seems fitting that the lady was ensconced in gold, the ultimate party girl color, and as luck would have it, it's the color du jour for party girls everywhere this fall.


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Want to see a modern Adele Bloch-Bauer? Look no further than my new west coast style site: On PCH. You can also check out TrustYourStyle's 23 other art inspired posts on the right hand index if you're craving more...


Golden Girl look: Marc Jacobs Sequined Gown $6,625; Versace Paillette-embellished printed dress $1,895; Anna Sui Sequined jacket $1,000; VERSACE Black Leather Coat $5,335; Moon Gold Heel Boot $370; Miu Miu gold glitter peep toe pumps $595; Versace Baroque-print leather-trimmed felt bag $995; Mathias Chaize Set of five gold-plated rings $220; Munnu Diamond Flower Bangle $58,500; Diane Kordas 18-karat rose gold diamond arabesque ring $5,555; Violent Lips Gold Glitterati $19; Buccellati "Etoilee" 18k Gold & Diamond Choker Necklace

31 comments :

pve design said...

love gold!
love gustav klimt. i need to send you something...
can you email me your address?
pve at pve design dot com
thx,
pve

Cafe Fashionista said...

Okay, so I am literally swooning over this collection of pretties - the sparkles, the glitter, the gold, the black...such a gorgeous combination of shimmering textures! :)

Glam Fashionista said...

I woke up this morning to this glamorous post. The painting is outstanding in it's beauty. I love every golden item you chose here.
I am glad you informed me about this post. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

Alexis Grace of NorthOnHarper said...

I am a gold girl---- so I love all of your picks. Frankly I am a metallics girl in general. PS I love this piece.

classiq said...

Lately I've been drawn to Gustav Klimt's art, I've enjoyed reading about it and have seen numerous interpretations. Amazing portrait! And what a capture of a modern Adele Bloch-Bauer, Mary Jo!
Ada

Meta Musings said...

glam glam glam!

Mannequins Dream said...

that picture is absolutely amazing! that those black with golden heels are also amazing! :D Xx

Couture Carrie said...

Love your art inspiration posts, darling!
This one is especially lovely ~ amazing shoes!

xoxox,
CC

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annechovie said...

Maryjo~
Thank you for your lovey comment and visit to my blog today. I appreciate your kind words and am now a follower. Have a great week!

Bad Joan said...

Great post. Stunning!


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the nyanzi report said...

sweet post.

Punctuation Mark said...

all his paintings always amazed me... the details are fantastic... love all these looks you have!

Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

i like that painting a lot, you've done a good job with the inspiration!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

This is pure perfection in my book! Love Klimt and the pieces you chose are just perfect! Love all of the shimmering gold and the texture :) xoxo

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

The painting has so much more depth to it, now that I know the story behind it. I sometimes forget to take the time and learn about art that way. And Mary Jo, that leather coat is to die for. Right out of The Matrix. I love it.

Karena said...

Mary Jo, One of my most esteemed works of art of all time. So unbelievably unique and superb!

I will take time and go through all of your art inspired posts. Very often fashion and design inspire my art!

Oh I have a Designer Pillows Giveaway! I hope you will join! (a great resource as well)

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Bravoe Runway said...

Everything here is amazing and I absolutely love LOVE both gowns! I wasn't a fan of gold a few years back but now I absolutely love it!

Claire said...

these are always my fave posts, Mary Jo! i love all the gold! the lips are fantastic. and loving that leather jacket!

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MM said...

Exquisite inspiration post, honey!!! Love it!!

xoxoxo

dimitri said...

I adore Gustave Klimt. What a great artist ! So talented.
Nice inspiration. All is so lovely.

thenauticalwheeler said...

Love the inspiration and where you took the outfit! ~jen

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Shine ON!
another fabulous ART inspiration~*

the taupe said...

Since visiting the Belvedere in Vienna I have had a bit of a thing for Klimt, and I love the Byzantine-style jewelry around just now (those Chanel ads - delish).

Hope you're well Mary Jo!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I love all of these pieces!! I especially like the bracelts and the shoes!!

Krystal said...

that is such a cool pairing. and i like gustav a lot, I have the embracing couple one in my house :)

Alexa said...

I am loving the gold here Mary Jo. Course I love gold all of the time these days!

Heather Fonseca said...

I've always loved that painting! I like your inspiration board too. I don't know if I'll be wearing a lot of gold this year, I'm having a red moment, but I do like the pieces you picked out.

Heather

Mani said...

I loooove Klimt's work and I looove your selection!

Jess said...

I love the glitter pumps!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

Huge admirer of Klimt, he's wonderful..love the pieces you teamed with this..stunning!! xx

LPC said...

Beautiful Mary Jo! I just love gold, and that painting is so over the top. In a good way. Thank you.

 
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