image007-2 Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten, 1907

Bauerngarten was painted during the golden years of Klimt's career and was a highlight of the critically acclaimed Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last year.

Klimt painted landscapes in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, at Lake Attersee up until his death in 1918. The artist spent 15 summers at Lake Attersee, where he painted nearly all of the fifty landscapes pieces in his oeuvre.

''Gustav Klimt is one of the most desirable artists today and his iconic masterpieces are revered and recognized the world over,'' explains Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Department & Chairman of Sotheby's Europe.

''The star of this season’s offering is undoubtedly Klimt’s luminous Bauerngarten, dating from the artist’s celebrated and much-loved golden period and from the same year as his famous golden Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Innovative in its composition and jewel-like in its exquisite blaze of colours, it is one of the artist’s greatest masterpieces ever to come to auction. Most of the artist’s oil paintings of this calibre are in major museums around the world with only a handful works of this importance having appeared at auction in the last decade.''