Originally Posted by designprofessor
Assuming I had the cash to buy it, don't know if I'd chosen Klimt.
A few I would buy at a fraction of that price:
A Sargent landscape
A Frank Stella black painting
Stella is interesting. Growing up, we had a few pieces of his including what was probably the best of his copper series (generally thought to be his second best series after the blacks). I was never a huge fan and never paid much attention to him.
A few yers ago, my wife and I went to a Minimalism show at MOCA in LA. The first room of the show was completely black Stellas and it was one of the most breathtaking rooms I have ever been in. Since that time, I still do not love the copper one when I visit my parents, but I have more respect for it. Stella made a huge mistake by tring to capitalize on his great early work rather than grow from it.
I like Klimt very much.