One of the most magical paintings by Gustav Klimt from the lost under the Nazis art collection now will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on June 24. The artwork, “Portrait of Gertrud Loew”, depicting the 19-year-old daughter of Dr. Anton Loew, a famous Viennese physician, was created in 1902. The well-known painting remained in the Felsovanyi family after Gertrud Loew, widowed after marrying Elemer Baruch von Felsovanyi, a Hungarian industrialist, left Austria in 1939 fleeing Nazi persecution. Later this amazing example of Gustav Klimt’s paintings passed into the hands of one of his sons, Gustav Ucicky. After his death in 1961, the “Portrait of Gertrud Loew” together with other fine art pieces was left to his wife who established the Klimt Foundation in 2013.
The portrait of Gertrud Loew in a beautiful blue-trimmed gauzy dress refers to the Klimt’s almost monochrome paintings showing gentle heroines of the 19th century and thereby predates artist’s gold period. Its estimated sale price is about $18 million – $28 million (£12 million – £18 million). It has been already requested for the “Gustav Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918” exhibition that will be held in New York Neue Galerie in September 2016 – January 2017.