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Portrait of a Lady by Gustav Klimt

33.5 oz Pure Copper Coin – Republique du Tchad 2022 – 1000 Francs CFA

Born in 1862, Gustav Klimt is an Austrian symbolist painter known for the highly decorative style and erotic nature of his works which was considered highly controversial in the 19th century. In 1897, he led the Vienna Secession movement that advocated the representation of ideas, dreams, and states of mind. This influence manifested itself in Klimt’s work in a dreamlike atmosphere, elegance, and eroticism.

One of Klimt’s notable works, Portrait of a Lady depicts a young woman with a black beauty mark located beneath her eye, sensually glancing over her shoulder against a dreamy green background. Composed in an expressionist style near the end of his career, the painting features Klimt’s classic trademark of portraying the rosiness of the cheeks, adding life into the dull-colored skin of the lady. It was revealed in an X-ray analysis in 1996 that the Portrait of a Lady was painted over one of his previous paintings, believed to be a sketch of his lover. Due to her rapid death, Klimt double painted over the original portrait to cover his grief. 

Drawing inspiration from the mysterious lost and found history of the Portrait of a Lady, the collectible features Klimt’s painting with a touch of peeling cracks to depict the signs of canvas decay of this missing masterpiece. These cracks further accentuate the painter’s grief behind the double painting of his lover. The colors of the collectible mimic the original portrait showcasing the shades of blue and green brushstrokes. It is also crafted in high relief to bring to life the lady’s gaze through her teal eyes from the portrait. On the obverse, it features a geometrical composition art inspired by Piet Mondrian with the legal tender, the Coat of Arms du Tchad sitting in the middle of a square as a tribute to the love of abstract art.

Sized at 110 x 145mm, this piece is crafted with 33.5 oz of 999 Pure Copper with its details engraved in ultra-high relief, finished in digital color printing, and antiqued Silver. Available in a limited quantity of 500 pieces only. Each piece is packaged and delivered with a Certificate verifying its edition number and authenticity.