Gustav Klimt's landscape paintings bring to light a lesser-known aspect of the artist's oeuvre, proving his mastery extended beyond renowned portraits of Viennese society to evocative depictions of nature. Over a period of many years, Klimt regularly stayed in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, occasionally travelling across the border to Italy. During the summer, he tried to capture the beauty of nature, taking advantage of the light and brilliant colours found in the mountainous countryside. Many of these paintings are now considered his finest works. This books brings together all the known landscape paintings by Klimt and underlines his valuable contribution to the school of European landscape painting. --Angela Wintle, The Argus
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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. Klimts 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 Klimts 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.