Gustav Klimt
signature analysis

  • Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) had a very distinct signature. He often wrote out his full first and last name. He would write in all capital letters, placing "Gustav" over "Klimt." He used a very stylized text that has been turned in to a typeface called Klimt.

  • Klimt also had a monogram that utilized his initial "G" and "K" surrounded by a square. Klimt's signature compliments his decorative, art nouveau style that has become synonymous with "fin-de-siècle" Vienna.

  • Many of Klimt's works carry a "Gustav Klimt Nachlass" stamp. "Nachlass" means "estate" and was added to certify authenticity.

  • Klimt signed many of his drawings one name over the other in block letters. Unsigned drawings are stampled with his estate stamp. " Gustav Klimt Nachlass,"

  • Signature is rarely sufficient for authenticating a painting, signatures must be checked, but results must be carefully placed in the correct context. A signature is only one element, and not a determining one, in the process of authentication.

  • "Dame en face mit plisiertem Kleid", an oil on board. Incised with the signature on the lower right.

  • Vier kopfstudien, Beinstudien. Pencil on toned paper. Executed in 1902 and signed with Nachlass stamp on lower right.

  • Marked with the Nachlass stamp on the lower right. Pencil on paper.

  • "Studie für Die Braut". Drawn 1917-1918. Pencil on paper bearing inscription.
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