Unknown Klimt discovered in Dutch house

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A previously unknown painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt has been discovered in a private home in the Netherlands, Austria's Standard newspaper reported.

The 90 centimetre (35 inches) by 90 centimetre work was assessed by Alfred Weidinger, deputy director of Austria's Belvedere museum, which holds the world's largest Klimt collection, Standard said its Saturday edition.

The landscape, called "Seeufer mit Birken" (lakeside with birch trees) was painted in 1901. The Dutch owner told the paper that his ancestors bought the work at an exhibition in the western German town Duesseldorf in 1902.

Klimt (1862-1918) was a symbolist painter who also gained prominence for his sketches.

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