Original oil on board signed lower right "Gustav Klimt". Done in the Impressionist style associated with Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918) the image features the face, arms, and upper torso of Hygienia. This is a variation of the bottom portion of the "Medicine" third of Klimt's faculty triptych for the University of Vienna that also included "Philosophy" and "Jurisprudence". In 1945, paintings were destroyed in Germany by advancing forces, the only remaining portions being a photograph of a portion of Medicine, and certain drawings and preliminary sketches. Clear, vibrant image with minor fleck of paint loss on the subject's chin and light bumping to corners. Unframed image measures approximately 19 in. x 19.5 in. En verso are the remnants of a blue-ink stamp with the words "Kriminalpolizei Karlsruhe", with the eagle and swastika symbols of Nazi Germany. Owner states it was purchased from a prominent European dealer whose client found it in the attic of a home along with a number of other pieces. All the recovered pieces bear the same or similar Nazi mark. Also stamped in green ink en verso is the number "31" with letters "CKCO" inside a diamond.
This piece came from a private collection and is being sold "as is". Unless otherwise noted authenticity has not been firmly established. Please use photos as part of the description. The absence of condition report does not guarantee excellent condition. Please contact us for an in-hand evaluation or for additional photos.
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