Toperfect Art - "As Klimt worked and relaxed in his home, Klimt normally wore sandals and a long robe with no undergarments. His simple life was somewhat cloistered, devoted to his art and family and little else except the Secessionist Movement, and Klimt avoided caf¨¦ society and other artists socially. Klimt's fame usually brought patrons to his door, and Klimt could afford to be highly selective. His painting method was very deliberate and painstaking at times and Klimt required lengthy sittings by his subjects. Though very active sexually, Klimt kept his affairs discreet and Klimt avoided personal scandal. Klimt wrote little about his vision or his methods. Klimt wrote mostly postcards to Flöge and kept no diary. In a rare writing called ""Commentary on a non-existent self-portrait"", Klimt states ""I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women...There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night...Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures.""[12] [edit] Later life and posthumous success Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which sold for a record $135 million in 2006. Neue Galerie, New York. In 1911 his painting Death and Life received first prize in the world exhibitions in Rome. In 1915 his mother Anna died. Klimt died three years later in Vienna on February 6, 1918, ToperfectArt having suffered a stroke and pneumonia.[13], [14] Klimt was buried at the Hietzing Cemetery in Vienna. Numerous paintings were left unfinished. Klimt's paintings have brought some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art. In November 2003, Klimt's Landhaus am Attersee sold for $29,128,000,[15] but that was soon eclipsed by prices paid for other Klimts. In 2006, the 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was purchased for the Neue Galerie in New York by Ronald Lauder for a reported US $135 million, surpassing Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million), as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting. On August 7, 2006, Christie's auction house announced it was handling the sale of the remaining four works by Klimt that were recovered by Maria Altmann and her co-heirs after their long legal battle against Austria (see Republic of Austria v. Altmann). Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II was sold at auction in November 2006 for $88 million, the third-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time.[16] 'The Apple Tree I' (ca. 1912) sold for $33 million, 'Birch Forest' (1903) sold for $40.3 million,[17] and 'Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter' (1916) sold for $31 million. Collectively, the five restituted paintings netted over $327 million"

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