Homage to Klimt Kitchen Back-Splash Mosaics
Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer: Cathleen Newsham
Mosaic Artist: Jessica Giles
Mosaic Artsist: Cássia Moreira Lago
Installer: Wendy Lipstein
Client: Private Homeowner, Newtown, Connecticut
This extraordinary kitchen backsplash was inspired by the infamous Gustav Klimt painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Stolen from the Austrian Bloch-Bauer family by the Nazis during WWII, the painting is part of the story behind the film Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren. The film tells the story of the recovery of the painting and additional pieces that were valued at over $150 million, making it the most highly valued recovery of Nazi-looted art in history.
Like so many Gustav Klimt admirers, mosaic artist Cathleen Newsham was entranced by the intricate patterns and golden iridescence of the painting. In her pursuit to re-interpret the portrait, Newsham spent countless hours hand-cutting and laying hundreds of pieces of 14k-gold-backed mirror, art glass, Italian smalti, and glass rondelles. Thoughtfully and meticulously designed, it not only covers the wall but also the electrical plates, ensuring the continuity of design. Does your kitchen or bathroom have a backsplash in need of a facelift? CONTACT US to make an appointment.