One of Gustav Klimt’s most evocative landscapes, Insel im Attersee, will appear at auction for the very first time at Sotheby’s Modern Evening Auction on 16 May, estimated to achieve in the region of $45 million.
One of Gustav Klimt’s most evocative landscapes, Insel im Attersee, will appear at auction for the very first time at Sotheby’s Modern Evening Auction on 16 May, estimated to achieve in the region of $45 million. Painted between 1901 and 1902 during Klimt’s bucolic summers at Attersee, the work epitomizes a new and radical approach to landscape, a genre which allowed Klimt greater artistic freedom than ever before. Insel im Attersee is one of the most significant and rarest landscapes by Klimt to be offered at auction, and the only one of this subject remaining in private hands — a similar and earlier view of Attersee is held at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, testifying to the importance of this series in Klimt’s body of work.
Formerly held in the collection of an art historian and gallerist Otto Kallir, the work played a critical role in cementing Klimt’s global reputation as part of a small group of works to be included in the artist’s first exhibitions in the United States. After escaping Austria in 1938 due to Nazi persecution, Kallir ultimately emigrated to America and opened the Galerie St. Etienne in New York, a gallery dedicated to building the reputations of the Austrian Modernists in the US, at a time when they were unknown outside Europe. Insel im Attersee was one of the first works showcased at the Galerie St. Etienne and so for many in the US was their first introduction to Klimt.
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