21 June 2018
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Knabenbildnis von vorne (George von Halban-Kurz)
pencil, coloured pencil and chalk on paper
23 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (59.4 x 46.8 cm.)
Drawn in autumn 1917
Selma Kurz & Josef von Halban, Vienna, by whom commissioned directly from the artist.
Acquired by the father of the present owner circa 1990.
A gift from the above to the present owner.
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A. Strobl, Gustav Klimt: Die Zeichnungen, vol. III, 1912-1918, Salzburg, 1984, no. 2737, pp. 131 &152 (illustrated).
The present work is a portrait of George von Halban-Kurz, the son of the famous Austrian operatic soprano Selma Kurz and gynaecologist Josef von Halban. George would later move to America and become a writer, while his sister, Dési von Halban, became an opera and concert singer.
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