Gustav Klimt, Bildnis Fräulein Lieser, 1917

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Rediscovered Klimt painting on display in Vienna

Vienna is not only the hometown of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), but also the place where most of the world-famous Art Nouveau painter's works can still be visited today. The fact that another of Klimt's masterpieces is now on display is a real sensation. The Portrait of Fräulein Lieser was considered lost for around 100 years and was only known from a single black and white photograph. After decades in private Austrian ownership, the work will be auctioned at the im Kinsky auction house in Vienna on April 24, 2024.

Portrait of Fräulein Lieser can be visited free of charge and without prior appointment at the im Kinsky between April 13 and 21, 2024 (daily 10 am -  5 pm). 

Since the painting unexpectedly reappeared at the end of January, there have been heated discussions about the portrayed young lady. Several daughters from the wealthy Viennese Lieser family are possible candidates. What is certain is that this is one of Gustav Klimt's last masterpieces. He began working on it in his studio in the district of Hietzing the year before his death. Like so many of Klimt's world-famous portraits of women, the painter chose bold colors and rich decorations. The painting remained unfinished to a small extent and without Klimt's signature. The auction is expected to fetch at least 30 to 50 million euros. The painting will be legally auctioned on the basis of an agreement between the current owners and the legal successors of the Lieser family.

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