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Klimt: Judith I (One Hundred Paintings) [Hardcover]

Federico Zeri , Gustav Klimt
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Aug 2000 One Hundred Paintings
These richly illustrated art books cover several centuries of great artists and their masterworks. From Rubens to Dali, each artist's life and times, influences, legacy, and style are explored in depth. Each book analyzes a particular painting with regard to the history surrounding it, the techniques used to create it, and the hidden details that make up the whole, providing a thorough look at each artist's career. Included is a bibliography, a chronological reading of principle works, a brief life history, and listings of public collections featuring each artist.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: NDE Publishing (Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553210131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553210139
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,772,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The Phaidon Colour Library Series provides an invaluable introduction to key artists and movements in art history.’
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‘Phaidon’s excellent Colour Library series: top value at £5.95 as a good introduction to nearly 50 key artists and movements in art history.’
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Gilles Neret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'OEil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dali: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kiss is still a Klimt 27 April 2010
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There is obviously more to the man than one famous painting and this book sets out the life and works of Klimt in enough detail to provide readers with a glimpse of an intriguing man. The colour plates cannot quite convey the glitter of his art work but that is a limitation of the reproduction process. Excellent value for money and even includes a timeline of his life at the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Color Reproductions!! 27 Oct 1998
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Klimt is my favorite artist and yet it is so difficult to find quality reproductions of his works; usually the color is faded or the gold leaf comes out a sickly yellow!! This book has beautiful reproductions and concise and informative explanations next to each painting as well as an interesting biography on Klimt. I highly recommend this book for a clear, concise overview.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Christmas presents - how I love them! This year Miss Santa Claus (it is now an equal opportunities position) brought me this fine book.

The great strength of the book is its many fine reproductions of Klimt's paintings, there must be over 100, plus drawings and posters. We can follow the evolution of the artists style through these: from early highly proficient drawings and neo-classically styled paintings to his mature style in which he relishes surface texture and the female form.

Gottfried Fliedl's take on the artist in the text is less successful. His school of art criticism does not comment on the art in itself, it sees it mainly as the outworking of socio-political forces and philosophical ideas. When considering an artist like Klimt I cannot but help think that this misses out so much that is important.

Fliedl is right to concentrate on Klimt's depiction of the feminine, but due to his interpretive tunnel vision he misses much that is of importance, indeed he misses much of Klimt's unique vision and gift to art. So many things seem to be missed by Fliedl's method of analysis: sympathy, sensitivity, humanity, and empathy.

To give an example: one of the revolutionary aspects of Klimt's art was the naturalistic and sympathetic way he depicted women. His nudes are quite different from those before them. They are not high class pornography. There is nothing of a man's idealisation and objectification of the female form for his own amusement. Instead in many paintings Klimt depicts the female form in a natural and unaffected way, even if these depictions are within highly stylised compositions. Fliedl gathers many of the best of these paintings in a chapter entitled Hope, after the title of a painting of a pregnant women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Klimt 13 Mar 2012
At the Leopold Museum shop in Vienna, after viewing many Klimt paintings, I found a number of Klimt oriented books, some far more expensive than this one. What I wanted was excellent reproductions. This book had much better colour reproduction than any of the others, some at multiples of the price. Once home, I have discovered that the narrative is useful, too. A great purchase to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth!
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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I didn't read the small print when I purchased this book on Amazon. I thought I was buying a large hardback but instead I got an A4 paperback with fairly small prints of Klimt's most famous paintings.I think a larger book and larger pictures would have been more attractive and appealing. Klimt really did love the daughters of Eve as nearly every picture features them either dolled up to the nines or in various states of undress and often entirely naked. He painted the vile creatures in very flattering poses , more like goddesses than mere women. I am sure the 21st Century lesbian/feminist fraternity would love these paintings and indeed several of his pictures feature naked lesbians in the throes of erotic pleasure. Some of Klimt's paintings are beautiful , but there was a certain sameness to them and if you think that women are actually rather ordinary, dull and indeed malevolent beings , then his paintings and this book wont be for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 26 Feb 2014
By Broon
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Reproduction of artwork was excellent as was the text. Looking forward to more of other artists. You get a real insight into the different phases of Klimts work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on 2018 21 Jan 2014
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Another reviewer wanted to see some gold, my 1994 copy of this 240 page book has, on the front cover, a detail from "Fulfilment, a pattern for the Stoclet Frieze", 1905-9, in tempera, watercolour, gold paint, silver-bronze, crayon, pencil, opaque white, gold leaf and silver leaf on paper. I can imagine some buying the book for this reason alone.

This is another of the comparably inexpensive art books published by Taschen that marry the highest standards of presentation and colour reproduction with an authoritative text, by Gottfried Fliedl, and an excellent translation by Hugh Beyer. There are well over 250 illustrations, mostly in colour and many full-page colour plates, as well as a number of photographs

Fliedl's approach in this book is to begin with two illustrated essays that set the scene: Introduction - `Klimt's Popularity', and `Klimt's Fame', next is `Klimt's Vienna - Then and Now', a series of photographs of Vienna that are not just interesting but provide a visual context for this most Viennese of artists. The author then embarks on a chronological journey from the artist's training, through the formation and break-up of the Secession to his late works. There is an illustrated Chronology and a Bibliography. Fliedl's journey is presented in 22 short sequences/chapters; this may be too `bitty' for some readers but it does make it is easy to stop at the end of a `chapter' and carry on later. An earlier 4* reviewer has commented that this approach allows the reader to `follow the evolution of the artist's style through these [reproductions]: from early highly proficient drawings and neo-classically styled paintings to his mature style in which he relishes surface texture and the female form', and I would concur.
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