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Gustav Klimt : landscapes
Klimt, Gustav, 1862-1918.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2002]

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223 pages : many illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 31 cm
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[Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, June 16-Sept. 2, 2002, and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Oct. 23, 2002-Feb. 23, 2003].
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ND511.5.K55 A4 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This visually stunning collection of all Klimt's landscape paintings and drawings brings to light a little-known aspect of the Viennese painter's oeuvre, proving that his mastery extends beyond portraiture, and revealing themes that appeared throughout his life's work.

While Klimt is largely revered for his opulent, symbol-laden portraits of the Viennese bourgeoisie, these works were just one aspect of his artistic expression. Klimt's landscapes represent an important facet of his career, and are a valuable contribution to the school of European nature painting. For many years the artist traveled to the Austrian and Italian countryside during the summer, where he took advantage of the extraordinary light and spectacular hues. Among the most exquisite of Klimt's landscapes are those in which he experimented with composition and style; many of them reveal the influence of his contemporaries. Accompanied by essays from scholars, the images reproduced in this book comprise all extant landscapes from this brilliant artist which, though few in number, are made even more valuable by their scarcity.

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Klimt (1862-1918) is best known for executing programmatic art to decorate monumental buildings and for his sensual depictions of women and portraits of Viennese society. This book, edited by Koja (Osterreichische Galerie, Belvedere, Vienna) contains seven essays that focus on Klimt's experimental approach and accomplishments in a lesser-known aspect of his art--landscape. The four most illuminating and useful essays examine the context in which Klimt created his landscapes. Verna Perlhefter positions the landscapes within turn-of-the-century Viennese culture; Koja analyzes Klimt's role in the changing Viennese intellectual atmosphere; Peter Peer places Klimt in the tradition of Austrian landscape painting; and Christian Huemer looks at the changing role of the artist in Viennese society. Separate from and perhaps more readily accessible than the essays is Koja's discussion of Klimt's development as a landscape painter, in which he summarizes the importance of each painting in Klimt's career and in European painting. The reproductions of Klimt's landscapes are large, easy to examine, and useful. The miniscule comparative illustrations are useless unless one is familiar with the original painting. The chronology of Klimt's art and life, the maps of sites where he painted, and the select bibliography are helpful. Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Houghton Muskegon Museum of Art