Klimt Landscape ‘Bauerngarten’ Could Bring $45 Million



Gustav Klimt’s “Bauerngarten.”

via Sotheby’s

The auction house Sotheby’s has announced that “Bauerngarten,” a dazzling 1907 landscape painting by the Viennese modernist Gustav Klimt, will lead its Impressionist and Modern Art sale on March 1, in London. This marks the first time in more than two decades that the oil painting has been offered at auction, where it is expected to fetch in excess of $45 million.

“Bauerngarten” was first exhibited in Vienna in 1908, and was painted by Klimt during the same period as some of his most celebrated portraits, which were largely commissioned. The most visible of these are “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” and “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II,” which, according to a new Bloomberg report, was sold last year by Oprah Winfrey for $150 million to an unidentified Chinese buyer. “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” was at the center of the 2015 film “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Until his death in 1918, Klimt painted landscapes in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, at Lake Attersee and elsewhere. “There,” according to a Times travelogue from 2013, “he shed city clothing for floor-length robes, temporarily abandoned his city mistresses and traded stylized portrait painting for the bracing, vivid landscapes of his summer idyll.” Klimt returned to Lake Attersee for 15 summers, the Times report continues, creating more than 45 of his 50 landscapes in the tiny lakefront towns of Seewalchen, Litzlberg and Weissenbach.

“Bauerngarten” was most recently exhibited in 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London.

Correction: February 12, 2017

An earlier version of this article misstated Sotheby’s estimate for the sale of Klimt’s “Bauerngarten.” It is $45 million, not 45 million British pounds (or about $56 million). The error was repeated in a headline.

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