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$135 million paid for painting

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- A portrait by Gustav Klimt reportedly has been bought for $135 million, making it the most expensive painting to have ever been purchased. The gold-flecked 1907 oil portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" by Klimt was purchased for the Neue Galerie in Manhattan by

Journalist Czernin dead at 50

VIENNA, June 15 (UPI) -- Austrian journalist Hubertus Czernin, who was instrumental in returning art seized by the Nazis to its rightful owner, has died in Vienna at 50.

Woman awarded Nazi-stolen artworks

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A court in Austria ordered its government to hand over five Nazi-stolen paintings worth nearly $150 million to a Jewish woman living in Los Angeles.

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Elizabeth Hurley introduces collection

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has introduced her beachwear collection, entitled Elizabeth Hurley Beach, at New York City's Saks Fifth Avenue.

Malkovich to play Gustav Klimt in biopic

, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- American film star John Malkovich has been cast to portray Gustav Klimt, in the first film biography of the great Austrian painter.

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Court upholds Nazi-era art return

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law allowing victim restitution from foreign governments extends back even to the Nazi era.
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Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt's "Landhaus am Attersee," from around 1914, oil on canvass, is estimated to be worth $18 to $25 million according to Sotheby's in New York. (UPI Photo/Sotheby's)

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism—nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil (see Mulher sentada, below).

Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna, the second of seven children — three boys and four girls. All three sons displayed artistic talent early on. His father, Ernst Klimt, formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver. Ernst married Anna Klimt (née Finster), whose unrealized ambition was to be a musical performer. Klimt lived in poverty for most of his childhood, as work was scarce and economic advancement was difficult for immigrants.

In 1876, Klimt was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule), where he studied until 1883, and received training as an architectural painter. He revered the foremost history painter of the time, Hans Makart. Klimt readily accepted the principles of a conservative training; his early work may be classified as academic. In 1877 his brother Ernst, who, like his father, would become an engraver, also enrolled in the school. The two brothers and their friend Franz Matsch began working together; by 1880 they had received numerous commissions as a team they called the "Company of Artists", and helped their teacher in painting murals in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public buildings on the Ringstraße including a successful series of "Allegories and Emblems".

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