Jul 16, 2012
By Michael Kramer
A lost early work by artist Gustav Klimt has reportedly been found in a garage in northern Austria.
The piece is a ceiling fresco depicting a trumpeting cherub-like child draped in a red scarf against a sky-blue background.
It’s said to have once been part of the ceiling of Klimt’s Vienna studio, where he lived with his brother Ernst between 1883 and 1892.
Alfred Weidinger is a Klimt expert and deputy director of the Belvedere museum, which displays many Klimt works.
He has expressed doubt that the painting is by Gustav Klimt and says there is evidence to suggest it was painted by the artist’s brother Ernst and at best the painting might be a collaborative effort by both brothers.