Gustav Klimt. the Complete Paintings (Hardcover)
Over a century after his death, Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) still startles with his unabashed eroticism, dazzling surfaces, and artistic experimentation. This monograph gathers all of Klimt's major works alongside authoritative art historical commentary and privileged access to the artist's archive.With top quality illustration, including new photography of the celebrated Stoclet Frieze, the book follows Klimt through his prominent role in the Secessionist movement of 1897, his candid rendering of the female body, and his lustrous "golden phase" when gold leaf brought a shimmering tone and texture to such beloved works as The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as The Woman in Gold.Through luminous spreads and carefully curated details, the monograph traces the repertoire of Japanese, Byzantine, and allegorical stimuli that informed Klimt's flattened perspectives, his symbolic vocabulary, and his mosaic-like textures. Drawing upon contemporary critics and voices, the book also examines the art world's polarized reception to Klimt's pictures as much as his own stylistic trajectory. From his landscape painting to erotic works to the controversial ceiling for the Great Hall of the University of Vienna, we see how Klimt's admixture of tradition and daring divided the press and public--becried by some as a pornographer, hailed by others as a modern maestro.
About the Author
The editor and author:
Tobias G. Natter studied art history and history at the universities of Innsbruck, Munich, and Vienna. He worked at the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna for fifteen years. From 2001-2002 he was curator of the Neue Galerie in New York. From 2006 to 2011 he directed the Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz and was responsible for the museum's new premises and the reorganization of the collection. Since October 2011 he is the director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. His extensive publications and his conception and organisation of exhibitions on the theme of "Vienna around 1900" have made him an internationally acknowledged expert on Viennese art at the turn of the century.Contributing authors: Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Christoph Grunenberg, Hansjorg Krug, Susanna Partsch, Angelina Potschner and Michaela Reichel