Gustav Klimt

AM022 Portrait of Baronesse Bachofen-Echt [Aftermath] KLG128

Inventory Number
KLG128
Size
18h x 18w in
Material
Collotype
Period
Secessionist
Country of Origin
Austria
Year Made
1931
Status
Available
Condition
Excellent
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Description

Baroness Elisabeth Bachofen-Echt was the daughter of Serena and August Lederer, although there is speculation that she was the biological daughter of Gustav Klimt.

Plate # 22/30. From
Gustav Klimt An Aftermath
Vienna, 1931
Max Eisler, Editor
Austrian State Printing Office (Ă–sterreichischer Staatsdruckerei), Printer
30 color collotypes, 150 copies in English, thereof 20 copies (Nos. I-XX) as a gala
edition bound in gilt leather

Gustav Klimt An Aftermath appeared as a final flowering of the collotype portfolio. According to Eisler, the portfolio was intended to complete Das Werk Gustav Klimts, yet it stands as an independent creation. The inclusion of unfinished paintings (Adam and Eve; Bridal Progress) as well as previously unpublished works gives the portfolio unique value.
In his introductory notes, Eisler traces Klimts career, evincing a decidedly ambivalent attitude towards the artist. By stressing the decorative qualities of Klimts paintings, Eisler betrays a bias conditioned by the proliferation of Modernist styles after Klimts death. Yet the stunning collotype of Hygieia as well as sections of the Stoclet Frieze remind present-day viewers of Klim’s contribution to the development of Modernism in the twentieth century. These works reveal Klimts unique ability to combine naturalistic representation with abstract patterning in a manner unparalleled by any other artist of his time, or since.

 
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