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The Prize

"In Sich Gekehrt" by Gustav Klimt

  • Year created: 1919
  • Medium: Japanese Niyoda Paper
  • 22" x 17" (54 x 44 cm approx.)
  • Edition: Limited edition of 100
  • Unframed
  • Retail value: $1,800

About the piece:
"In Sich Gekehrt", an absolutely stunning work by turn of the century artist, Gustav Klimt, on fine Japanese Niyoda Paper in a worldwide edition of just 100. From Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen By Gustav Klimt, 1919. Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen contains twenty-five monochrome and two-color collotypes after drawings by Klimt. It is as remarkable an achievement in collotype printing as the monumental Das Werk Gustav Klimts. Yet because the 1919 portfolio is based on drawings, its aesthetic achievement lies in capturing the variations of line that characterize Klimt’s drawing style between 1898 and 1917. Klimt’s drawings of women are suffused with sexuality, although it is often unclear where the boundary between observation and identification lies.

This tension between self-presentation and self-absorption parallels the alternating roles of Klimt’s gaze, which vacillates between consuming and melding with the female body. It is this emotional fluidity that distinguishes Klimt’s erotic drawings from the banal realm of pornography and creates an intense psychological reaction in the viewer. In producing high-quality collotype plates especially for prints that required three plates for color separation. The care with which the prints were made is evident throughout the portfolio: they are virtually indistinguishable from original drawings. Whether delicate or bold, Klimt’s line was faithfully rendered by the collotype process, enabling connoisseurs to own fine print versions of drawings that Klimt had long since ceased to show outside the privacy of his studio.

This piece is not signed by the artist but comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which validates the artist and edition.

The Cause

The Help A Life Foundation was formed in 2007 with the goal of housing and educating adolescent orphaned girls and providing them with a secure and supportive environment. We currently house 52 girls in a building compound capable of accommodating 56 girls and managed with a local staff of nine. Four tutorial rooms are used daily with a staff of six tutors in a range of subjects from English to Biology. 44 girls have completed high school and are at different universities throughout Ethiopia with most studying to become doctors or engineers.

These girls are selected from the surrounding villages with the collaborative effort of the local community leaders where they are housed in a gated safe group home with all living necessities provided for.

In addition, life skills training is also provided to integrate them into society as productive citizens. We currently have three self-sustaining projects, where five of the girls are managing them full-time as their careers and will be paid an according salary that allows them to integrate back into society as a proven success of Project Blue.

Much of the success of this project is due to Help a Life working directly with the local government and businesses. All of the HALF staff on Project Blue in Debre Markos are Ethiopian, and decisions are made in tandem with the local government officials.

Additional Details

  • Certificate of authenticity included.
  • In condition as donated.
  • Additional shipping charges may apply.
Item #P27307

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