• Klimt
  • Klimt
  • Klimt
  • Klimt
  • Klimt
  • Klimt
  • Klimt
ISBN: 3836558076
EAN13: 9783836558075
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 29, 2015
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 10.39" L x 8.43" W
Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Gold, flowers, and female beauty: The work of the decadent Austrian symbolist The unfading popularity of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) attests not only to the particular appeal of his luxuriant painting but also to the universal themes with which he worked: love, feminine beauty, aging, and death.

The son of a goldsmith, Klimt created surfaces of ornate and jewel-like luminosity which show influence of both Egyptian and Japanese art. Through paintings, murals, and friezes, his work is defined by radiant color, fluid lines, floral elements, and mosaic-like patterning.

With a number of subjects dealing with sensuality and desire as well as anxiety and despair, all this irridescence is also charged with feeling. Klimt's numerous images of women, characterized by curvaceous forms, tender flesh, red lips and flushed cheeks, were particularly charged with passion, at a time when such frank eroticism was still taboo in Viennese upper-middle class society.

This book presents a selection of Klimt's work, introducing his pictorial world of decoration and desire, as well as his influence on artists to come. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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A unique and important book, showcasing the life of a beautiful artist. Taschen is represented by Done, who you can count on for a solid presentation.
   Okay but not great. Not sure it represents Klimpt's work well.
I guess I expected more Klimpt's paintings, but have decided that I don 't care for how he paints women. In spite of all the intricate decorative art surrounding them, most of them look unattractive.
   Beautiful color plates portraying his work
I was primarily interested in color plates illustrating Klimt's work and this certainly provides it. The text is, however, also very interesting. Several of Klimt's very sexual works were actually done towards the end of the Victorian era and must have been considered very scandalous. I recommend this book to those with a specific test in his work.