Great Artworks Explained A New Video Series By James Payne

This is a new series by Artist/historian James Payne demystifying great works of art. We will be adding to this page as the content is produced.

19 January 2020


Stolen Gustav Klimt Portrait Thieves Confess

A stolen multi-million-pound painting discovered hidden in a false wall has been confirmed as an authentic Gustav Klimt original, Italian authorities have confirmed. The canvas was taken nearly 23 years ago.

31 October 2018

Klimt And Schiele: Naked Social Disruption – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s show of drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, almost all of them loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, arrives at a crucial moment in the long history of visual art.

4 June 2015


Important Gustav Klimt Portrait To Be Auctioned At Sotheby’s London

An important Portrait by the Secessionist artist  Gustav Klimt  is to go under the hammer following a settlement between the Felsovanyi Heirs and The Klimt Foundation, Vienna.  Sotheby’s London have announced that Klimt’s understatedly beautiful portrait of Bildnis Gertrud Loew from 1902 will be offered for sale in its 24th June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale. The painting (est. £12-18 million / $18.5-27.7 million / €16.8-25.3 million) depicts […]

9 March 2015


Gustav Klimt: Beethoven Frieze Restitution Panel Votes No To Return

Gustav Klimt’s murals, The Beethoven Frieze should not be returned to the family of the original Jewish owners, an Austrian panel has decided. The paintings were looted by the Nazis from the family of the Jewish industrialist August Lederer. They were returned after WII to the decedents but as the members had emigrated to Switzerland […]

12 February 2015


Helen Mirren Supports The Restitution Of Nazi-Looted Art

British actress and Dame, Helen Mirren expressed her support for the restitution of Nazi-looted art at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on Monday, AFP reported. Speaking at a press conference before the premier of the actress’s new film Woman in Gold, the 69-year-old British performer told journalists “We mustn’t ever feel that […]

6 February 2015


Gustav Klimt: Previously Unknown Drawing Discovered By San Francisco Gallery

A previously-unknown drawing attributed to the Gustav Klimt has been discovered by a San Francisco gallery that was stunned to discover it had unknowingly bought the rare work. Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specialises in the rediscovery of historically significant works of fine art, artists and collections reflecting the major movements […]

23 December 2014


Gustav Klimt’s Woman In Gold Subject Of New Helen Mirren Film

Woman in Gold is a new film starring Helen Mirren based on the restitution of a masterpiece by Gustav Klimt. The American-British drama is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film also stars Tatiana Maslany, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance and Max Irons. […]

12 September 2014


Nazi-Looted Klimt May Be Sold By Loew Family To Resolve Dispute

The Gustav Klimt painting of Gertrud Loew is at the centre of an ongoing ownership dispute that may be resolved in the artwork’s sale, reports Reuters. There have been several high-profile restitution disputes in recent years. The Nazi party’s systematic looting of art has become not only more contentious than ever, but also bigger business. […]

6 April 2014


Gustav Klimt Nazi Restitution And The Blockbuster Hollywood Film

A new film covering the subject of Nazi looted art is about to go into pre-production in Hollywood. This time it will star Dame Helen Mirren. The award winning actress will play the Jewish WWII survivor, Maria Altmann, who fled from Germany to Liverpool in 1938 and then moved to Los Angeles in 1940. She […]

27 August 2012

New Face of Klimt Celebrated By Contemporary Artists – Review

A flash of colour and lingering pose adorn the walls of the Lazarides gallery near Tottenham Court Road. For a brief moment London is transformed into a modern Viennese court of wonder. New and old are mixed together with international flare at the new exhibition “Klimt Illustrated”. Nine international street artists have been working tirelessly […]

23 August 2012


Gustav Klimt The Artist Still Shines At 150

Celebrating his 150th birthday, the world pays homage to the artist who died before his time from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1918. His life’s work is currently being commemorated around the world. Google recenty acknowledged his contributions to the arts by creating a very special Google Doodle and the Vienna Tourist board has commissioned nine […]

14 August 2012


Gustav Klimt Resurrected In London Street Art Event

Nine well known street artists have been commissioned to produce works inspired by the Vienna Secessionist painter Gustav Klimt. The event will take place in front of a live audience in London’s Grosvenor Gardens, on Tuesday 21st August. Large, two metres squared boards will be set up the height of two double-decker buses  to accommodate […]

14 July 2012


Gustav Klimt Gets A Google Doodle Homage

The life and work of the Austrian Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt is celebrated today with a Google Doodle. His iconic painting of a couple kissing is the theme of the clever google campaign .The doodle commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of the artist  by reproducing one of his best loved works,  ‘The Kiss’. Some of […]

22 April 2011


Stolen Klimt Worth 26m Returned After 70 Years

A stolen Gustav Klimt painting worth £26m that was confiscated by the Nazis must be returned to the heirs of a Canadian Jewish family. It has been in the collection of a well known Austrian museum (the Museum of Modern Arts in Saltburg) for decades but under restitution laws is set to return to the […]