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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated masterpieces, 27 Mar 2007
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This review is from: Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gustav Klimt: Landscapes, 5 Nov 2009
This review is from: Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (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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4.0 out of 5 stars GUSTAV KLIMT: LANDSCAPES, 10 Nov 2010
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A nice book, showing the comparatively unfamiliar aspect of Klimt's painting- beautiful landscapes, helps me understand more about the artists's spiritual world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gustav Klimt's Landscapes, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring, 4 Jan 2014
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not so much known for his landscapes- but this collection of images is a revelation. a well produced book with plenty of colour illustrations. Quite abstract landscapes, unusual compositions, well worth a look. Informative text too.
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