The story of “Woman in Gold” through akg-images’ collections

3-K72-R2-B (42134) 'Adele Bloch-Bauer I' Klimt, Gustav 1862-1918. 'Adele Bloch-Bauer I', 1907. Öl/Gold auf Leinwand, 138 x 138 cm. New York, Neue Galerie. E: 'Adele Bloch-Bauer I' Klimt, Gustav 1862-1918. 'Adele Bloch-Bauer I', 1907. Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 138 x 138cm. (c) Erich Lessing / AKG London. New York, Neue Galerie. F: 'Portrait de Adèle Bloch-Bauer I' Klimt, Gustav ; 1862-1918. 'Portrait de Adèle Bloch-Bauer I', 1907. Huile et or sur toile ; H. 1,38 ; L. 1,38. New York, Neue Galerie. ORIGINAL: Mrs. Adele Bloch-Bauer. Oil on canvas (1907) 138 x 138 cm Oesterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Akg-images invite you to explore the story of “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” through an interactive presentation below, showcasing various facets of the artwork’s creation, its reception and fate during the turbulent 20th century.

“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, also known as “Woman in Gold”, was painted by Gustav Klimt in Vienna, Austria, in 1907.

The rich story of the artwork, from both creative and historical points of view, perfectly illustrates how a single work of art reflects an artist’s environment, historical trends and traditions, social movements, cultural values, intellectual perspectives, and personal relationships.

For more than 70 years, akg-images have been illustrating world’s history and culture through art and photography.

Today, their online collections of more than 4.5 million images provide a unique opportunity to put works of art or historical events into context by exploring the web of circumstances in which artworks were created or events took place.

Contexts shape the meaning and interpretation of the world around us and are inseparable from the work or event. 

Please visit akg-images’ website to see the selection of images used in the presentation or get in touch with the team to arrange complimentary picture research for your projects:

Picture credit: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (detail), 1907, by Gustav Klimt (AKG42134, ©akg-images / Erich Lessing).