Arts Everyday Living: A Viennese Portrait–the Artist-Niece of Klimt’s Woman in Gold

Max Kurzwell, Bettina Bauer, 1907, oil, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Austrian artist Max Kurzwell (1867-1916) was a pioneer of modern art, forming the revolutionary Vienna Secession with colleague Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) in the early 20th century. Like Klimt, he also had ties with the wealthy Bauer family, commissioned to create this moving 1907 portrayal of Bettina Bauer, a niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer.  Around the same time, Klimt would be finishing his internationally famed “golden” portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer seen below.

Bettina Bauer (1903-1985) would become an artist herself as well as the wife of sculptor Georg Ehrlich (1897-1966).  Bauer was forced to flee Austria, when the Nazi occupied her country, moving ultimately to England where she spent the rest of her life.


Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, 1907, oil, silver and gold on canvas, Neue Galerie, New York, New York.  (Click to enlarge)

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