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Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (Art & Design) Hardcover – 26 Jun 2002

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (26 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791326775
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791326771
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,445,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 27 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
When we think of Gustav Klimt, we think of luxuriant women, some nude, richly embellished with gold and adorned with swirls, triangles, stylized flowers. We may think of his portraits of the Viennese upper bourgeoisie in the years immmediately preceding the First World War. What we consider less often is his landscapes, to which this book is entirely devoted. All the landscapes he ever painted are depicted here, including the half dozen or so that were sadly destroyed by fire in the last days of World War Two.

Klimt was not commissioned to paint landscapes ; instead, he painted them whilst on his annual holidays, as a form of relaxation and also as a way of trying out new techniques. They are very good ; just because he was painting whilst on holiday didn't mean that Klimt was going to be careless ! I'm struck by how much these paintings GLOW. They are very sensuous, making me feel I can reach out and actually touch the pink roses, or the bark of the beech trees, or the waters of the Attersee in the middle of summer. They are spring and summer landscapes (autumn and winter was always spent in Vienna) and their mood is optimistic though never kitsch. There is none of van Gogh's angst in these works, though Koja points out that van Gogh was an influence. Perhaps they are nearer to the work of Monet.

I'm really glad I found this book. Available in paperback as well as hardback, it is reasonably priced and the number of colour reproductions, as well as many photographs of Klimt and his set, make it very enjoyable as well as informative.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Gaynor M. Atherton on 5 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great book illustrating Klimts landscapes which I hadn't seen before and are not well known like his other work (eg The Kiss).I feel Ive learnt a lot about his way of painting landscapes - he relied on a telescope to bring the image nearer -a technique I am now using with the help of the zoom on my digital camera.The illustrations and the colour in the book is very good and I especially liked the way it showed a section of the reproduction on the page opposite the full sized one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyson on 10 July 2012
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Just received this book by Stephan Koja. It took a month to arrive but well worth the wait. This is a lovely book, full of very "informative" information if that makes sense, easy to read and absorb and not weighted down with a load of arty speak. It has great illustrations, including close ups for those of us who want to see how it was done.
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