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Gustav Klimt [Hardcover]

Rachel Barnes
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25 Oct 2012

Though controversial in his time, Gustav Klimt's works are today recognized as masterpieces. The Byzantine luxuriance of form, the vivid juxtaposition of colours and the rich symbolism, sensuality and eroticism of his work have made the artist one of the most popular in the world.

In this lavish volume his most important and iconic works are arranged thematically, and are accompanied by Rachel Barnes' expert commentary on all aspects of the artist's life, influences and paintings - from the inspiration and provenance of each painting, to the technique used to create it and a list of exhibitions.

Featuring some of the most iconic artworks of the late 19th/early 20th centuries - including Judith I, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss - this sumptuous, hand-finished slipcase edition is a stunning object that any art lover would cherish.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Deluxe Edition edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780877293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780877297
  • Product Dimensions: 44.6 x 36.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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… this monograph exhibits the evolution and direction of Klimt's career, as well as his influences and inspirations - Daily Telegraph.

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In June 2006, the Neue Galerie in New York purchased Gustav Klimt's 1907 Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I for $135 million. This deposed Picasso's Boy With a Pipe as the highest reported price every paid for a piece of art sold at a public auction. However, far from being acknowledged as the representative artist of his age, Gustav Klimt was a highly controversial figure in his time. His paintings provoked violent reactions and were often branded “obscene” and “morbid” by the conservative majority in Vienna. Today, Klimt's works stand out as some of the most significant paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The luxuriance of form, the vivid juxtaposition of colours and the rich symbolism and eroticism of his work have made Klimt one of the most popular artists in the world. Klimt was inspired by the beauty and sensuality of women as evidenced both in his stunning portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer and Emilie Floge, and in his enigmatic depictions of mythological femmes fatales in works such as Judith and Danae. Although best known for his paintings of women, Klimt is also recognized as a painter of startling and original landscapes. Achieving a completely independent style, a delicate sense of colour and evoking the sensuality so characteristic of his work, he created a remarkable series of landscapes, including After the Rain, Farm Garden with Sunflowers and Church at Unterach on the Attersee. Over 100 giant-size reproductions of Klimt's most celebrated work are accompanied by Rachel Barnes's expert commentary on all aspects of the artist's life, influences and works - from the inspiration of each painting, to the technique used to create it.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely beautiful book 27 Mar 2010
By Mr C
Format:Hardcover
This book is ideal if you want to be as close to Klimt's work as possible without paying for giant life size giclee prints. The pictures are very large and detailed, with close ups on key areas, it features all the mjor paintings and many of his lessor known works.

There is ample information about the artist and his paintings, however the purpose of this book is to view and experience the work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book for every Klimt fan. 27 Feb 2014
By Ghost
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful object in it's own right, let alone a fabulous art book.

Far larger than I thought, it is slightly larger than A3 size. The pages have a great deal of gold detail on them and are printed clearly however having a few other books on Gustav Klimt I have noticed that the colour is not quite saturated enough in this work. What was lovely to see, was how many of his vast murals have been printed in full across two pages. Often only a small scene is reproduced and it makes it unclear what portion of the mural is being shown. In this volume (although printed smaller) you can grasp the full image, and when fragments of the whole are shown the author has indicated where the piece fits into the mural via a small diagram in the bottom corner. All his major works are shown in full page prints and being such a large page you can get a better feel of the impact his works have on the viewer. There is enough text to keep an interested reader happy too. As yet I confess I haven't read much as the pictures just keep drawing the eye away from it; before you know it you are flicking contentedly through with little care for the reading material no matter how good it is. That is the nature of Kilmt's work though, a feast for the eyes, but the book is essentially a luxurious journey into his work where the visuals naturally take precedence.

This Deluxe edition is cloth bound and comes housed in a sturdy slipcase, but that description does not do the binding justice. The huge format book is bound in crimson satin with the title gold blocked on the cover and spine. The edges are gilded also which enhances the red, and a matching satin bookmark is fixed into the spine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GR8 11 Feb 2013
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GR8 LOVELY DETAIL, NICE BOOK AND SUPERB GRAFFICS. ....... . . . . . . . . . . . .
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