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KLIMT Gustav Adele 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2012


A numismatic masterpiece, made of 3 oz of pure silver 999 with 16 authentic swarovski crystals inlaid in this 55 mm coin, issued by Cook Islands. Gustav Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist painter whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Gustav Klimt
The work of the Austrian painter and illustrator Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), founder of the school of painting known as the Vienna Sezession, embodies the high-keyed erotic, psychological, and aesthetic preoccupations of turn-of-the-century Vienna's dazzling intellectual world.
He has been called the preeminent exponent of Art Nouveau. Klimt began (1883) as an artist-decorator in association with his brother and Franz Matsoh. In 1886-92, Klimt executed mural decorations for staircases at the Burgtheater and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna; these confirmed Klimt's eclecticism and broadened his range of historical references. Klimt was a cofounder and the first president of the Vienna Secession, a group of modernist architects and artists who organized their own exhibition society and gave rise to the Secession Movement, or the Viennese version of Art Nouveau. He was also a frequent contributor to Ver Sacrum, the group's journal.
Among the important decorative projects undertaken by Klimt were his celebrated Beethoven frieze, a cycle of mosaic decorations for Josef Hofmann's Palais Stoclet in Brussels (1905-09), and numerous book illustrations.
The primal forces of sexuality, regeneration, love, and death form the dominant themes of Klimt's work. His paintings of femmes fatales, such as Judith I (1901), personify the dark side of sexual attraction. The Kiss (1907-08) celebrates the attraction of the sexes; and Hope I (1903) juxtaposes the promise of new life with the destroying force of death. The sensualism and originality of Klimt's art led to a hostile reaction to his three ceiling murals Philosophy (1900), Medicine (1901), and Jurisprudence (1902) for the University of Vienna.
Klimt's style drew upon an enormous range of sources: classical Greek, Byzantine, Egyptian, and Minoan art; late-medieval painting and the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer; photography and the symbolist art of Max Klinger; and the work of both Franz von Stuck and Fernand Khnopff. In synthesizing these diverse sources, Klimt's art achieved both individuality and extreme elegance.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2012
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)55
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.907
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This coin depicts the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt, Klimt took three years to complete the painting. It measures 138 x 138 cm and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style. The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.