Director of a major private sanatorium in Vienna, Dr. Loew was in touch with the intellectual and artistic elite of the city and became a sponsor of the Viennese Secession. In 1902 he commissioned Klimt for the portrait of his daughter Gertrud aged 19.
Gertrud Loew is a nice girl. Her quiet gaze is attentively facing the painter. The light gauze of her housecoat is white, adorned with a few vertical lilac stripes in a clear overall tone that expresses purity. This very successful portrait, oil on canvas 150 x 45 cm, has repeatedly been exhibited during Klimt's lifetime and contributed to his fame.
This painting belonged to Gertrud who had to give up all her belongings when she went into exile in 1939. It then belonged to Gustav Ucicky who was an illegitimate son of the artist and afterward to his widow Ursula. Fascinated by the art of her father-in-law, Mrs Ucicky created in 2013 the Gustav Klimt Foundation. She understood that the portrait of Gertrud had been a Nazi spoliation and accepted its restitution.
This beautiful example of a portrait of a very young woman by Klimt is estimated £ 12M for sale by Sotheby's in London on June 24, lot 26.
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