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Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918 (Basic Art) (2000)
by Gilles Néret
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 382285980X, Paperback)Gustav Klimt's art is thoroughly fin de siecle. It expresses the apocalyptic atmosphere of Vienna's upper middle-class society - a society devoted to the cultivation of aesthetic awareness and the cult of pleasure. The ecstatic joy which Klimt and his contemporaries found - or hoped to find - in beauty was constantly overshadowed by death. And death therefore plays an important role in Klimt's art. Klimt's fame, however, rests on his reputation as one of the greatest erotic painters and graphic artists of his times. In particular, his drawings, which have been widely admired for their artistic excellence, are dominated by the erotic portrayal of women. Klimt saw the world "in female form".
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:29 -0400)
Gustav Klimt's ornate art expresses the apocalyptic atmosphere of Vienna's upper middle-class society around the turn of the 20th century--a society devoted to the cultivation of aesthetic awareness and the cult of pleasure. This book is a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work.Painting.Art;
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