Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) Gustav Klimt
Klimt took three years to complete the painting and is made of oil, silver and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation. Her name is Adele. Adele Bloch-Bauer was born in 1881, the youngest daughter of a large, wealthy
Jewish banking family. There is speculation that Klimt and Adele were lovers a brief time.
Adele was the only woman that he painted twice. The painting was bought by Ronald Lauder for $135 million dollars in 2006. Surrounded by a daring sea of gold, Adele appears fragile, and Klimt paints her with gentle intimate nuance. Her elegantly tapered hands are folded loosely to hide a deformed finger. The parts—including the silky brushwork of the young lady’s face and hands. A storm of patterns—spirals, targets, nested squares, split ovals, checks, dots, short vertical bars, arrowhead triangles, ankh-like eyes—may represent fabric, furniture, and wallpaper, or they may be sheer invention.
Most of the ground (not background, because almost everything in the picture that isn’t flesh snug up to the picture plane) is mottled gold.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits.
This was Frida's first self-portrait after the divorce from her husband Diego. In place of the feminine clothes seen in most of her self-portraits, Frida appears dressed in a large dark man's suit, probably one of Diego's. She has just cut off her long hair that Diego admired so much. In her left hand she holds a lock of her shorn hair like an emblem of her sacrifice. In her right hand, she holds the scissors with which she martyred her femininity. Strands of hair are everywhere as if they had a life of their own. Surrounded by the evidence of her act, she sits along in a vast expanse of uninhabited space that suggests the depth of her despair.
After the divorce, Frida decided to renounce the feminine