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Title:
Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918 : the world in female form
Author:
Fliedl, Gottfried, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Cologne, West Germany : B. Taschen, 1989.
Physical Description:
239 pages : illustrations (some colored) ; 30 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9783822802908
Format :
Book

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Summary

GUSTAV KLIMT - THE WORLD "IN FEMALE FORM." GUSTAV KLIMT'S ART IS THROUGHLY 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. PARTICULARLY 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." GOTTFRIED FLIEDL ALSO DISCUSSES THE SECESSION MOVEMENT AND KLIMT'S ROLE WITHIN THIS GROUP OF ARTISTS. EXAMINING KLIMT'S WORK AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF HIS TIMES, HE GIVES AN APPRAISAL OF THE ARTIST WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RAISING THE CRITICAL ISSUES.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Klimt's Popularityp. 6
Klimt's Famep. 11
Klimt's Vienna--Then and Nowp. 16
Years of Trainingp. 28
Early Works and the Beginning of a Careerp. 34
Early Portraitsp. 50
"Oedipal Revolt"--the Secessionp. 58
Modernityp. 68
The Faculty Paintingsp. 76
Early Landscapesp. 90
The Secession Building and its Exhibitionsp. 97
The Beethoven Friezep. 104
The Kissp. 114
The Three Ages of Woman / Death and Lifep. 120
Hopep. 126
Judithp. 140
The Stoclet Friezep. 144
The Break-Up of the Secession and the 1908 Kunstschau exhibitionp. 154
"I'm not particularly interesting"p. 166
Landscapesp. 172
"Solitary Dialogues": Klimt's Erotic Drawingsp. 188
"The World in Female Form"p. 200
Danaep. 208
Ladies' Portraitsp. 210
Late Worksp. 224
Chronologyp. 230
Notesp. 234
Bibliographyp. 238

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