Gustav Klimt, ‘The Allegory of Death and Life [Gustav Klimt An Aftermath] ’, 1931, Jason Jacques Gallery

Gustav Klimt An Aftermath appeared as a final flowering of the collotype portfolio. According to Max Eisler, Editor, Vienna, 1931, Austrian State Printing Office, this portfolio was intended to complete Das Werk Gustav Klimts, yet it stands as an independent creation. The portfolio contains 30 color collotypes, 150 copies in English. Of those 20 copies (nos I - XX) were offered as a gala edition bound in gilt leather. The Inclusion of unfinished paintings (Ada and Eve; Bridal Progress) as well as previously unpublished works gives the portfolio unique value.

About Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt is best known for his opulently gilded art nouveau portraits of women that epitomize fin-de-siècle Vienna. His Symbolist pastiches of pale nudes, allegorical gardens and erotic content served as the basis for many American psychedelic poster designs in the 1960s. Early in his career, Klimt was supported generously by the Viennese community, and received several commissions for murals in theaters and the Museum Kunsthistorisches. Early narrative paintings depicted heavy subjects such as anxiety, doubt, sexuality, and death, but in later years, he turned toward landscape painting, exploring light and abstract patterns of nature. His most famous paintings are The Kiss (1907) and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907), which sold for a record auction price of more than 100 million dollars in 2006.

Austrian, 1862-1918, Baumgarten, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria

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East Building Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
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Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, The National Gallery, London, London