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-siÃ¨cle" 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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