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Magic portrait of Klimt with a sad story - at Sotheby's auction

The 19-year-old daughter of the owner of the fashionable sanatorium of Vienna, a captivating portrait. The portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further, the collection lost under the Nazis, the illegitimate son of Gustav Klimt and his model, and finally, the current appearance of Klimt’s best work in the last 20 years at Sotheby’s auction on June 24 with an upper estimate of $ 27.6 million is not just a picture. This is the plot!Gertrude Lev (Gert - Gertha) posed for a portrait of Klimt in 1902. Her father Anton Leew (Anton Loew) was one of the most famous doctors in Vienna, practicing in his own fashionable (and the largest in the Austrian capital) private sanatorium. Among his patients ... oh, sorry! - The guests were, in addition to Klimt, the composer Gustav Mahler, the thinker Ludwig Wittgenstein and other celebrities. In general, the family could afford to order a portrait from the most popular artist of Vienna, moreover, Dr. Lev strongly supported the movement of the secession and its bright representatives. Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further was created in 1902 and the customer really liked it: the venerable doctor gladly added it to his collection of art objects (by the way, he also acquired Klimt's Judith I).Portrait of Gertrude LöwGustav Klimt1902, 149.5 × 45 cm Here are critics' comments about the works of that period - several portraits of Klimt, including the portrait of Gertrude Leo - the creators of the Secession in the collective exhibition in 1903-1904: “... Klimt’s manners, ”and“ the most subtle lyrics that the artist’s palette can create. ”As you can see, at the time of the turn of the century, the artist was almost a monochrome scale, creating gentle, airy characters of the heroines. However, our portrayed really corresponded to his pictorial representations. Take a look at the photo!

Gertrude was married twice: the first marriage was initially cloudless, and Koloman Moser himself decorated the couple's apartments. However, the couple broke up after the early death of their only daughter. In the second marriage with a Hungarian industrialist, the couple had three children, but in 1923, the husband died of transient pneumonia (oh, why didn't he put on his coat, returning from a nightclub?!) ...
Gertrude, the daughter of her father, continued to manage the sanatorium, and her portrait by Klimt occupied an honorable place in the hallway of the apartment.

The picture with the radiantly airy Gertrude Lev was recognized by Klimt’s contemporaries and entered into a rare limited edition of 50 lithographs of his best works - a successful undertaking by the art dealer H. O. Miethke! Well, now it’s not a bright continuation of the story. Under pressure from the Nazis, the Jewish family of Leo in 1939 left the country and fled to the United States. Part of the collection remains in Austria, including an invaluable portrait. A portrait is a realistic genre depicting an actual person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more . Gertrude's daughter, Maria, returns there after the war, hoping to find the treasure. However, a friend of the family, who was assigned to look after the remaining values, sold the picture, as they say, under the gun of the pistol. Maria Lev did not come to Vienna anymore and passed away in 1964 in California.

Well, the picture after the war turned out to be for Gustav Klimt's out-of-wedlock son, Gustav Ucicky, who during the war created propaganda films for the Nazis in Vienna. It seems that it was them in 1942 and the work was bought. The widow of the cinematographer - Ursula, who founded the Klimt Foundation in 2013 - “reached an agreement” in 2014 about the portrait with her granddaughter Gertrude Lev. Funds from the sale of paintings will share.

“This portrait A portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further shows the brave and determined nature of my grandmother. The strength of her character and beauty lives on this visual embodiment, ”said the granddaughter of the beautiful and eternally young Gertrude, who was painted by an Austrian genius, Gustav Klimt.Bidding appointed on June 24th. And the picture “PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Gertrude Lev ”has already been requested for the exhibition“ Gustav Klimt and Women of the Golden Age of Vienna, 1900−1918 ”(“ Gustav Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900−1918 ”), which will be held in New York Neue Galerie in September 2016 - January 2017. Do you think there are chances?