Beautiful book for every Klimt fan.,
This review is from: Gustav Klimt (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. To compliment the tome, the slipcase is covered in gold blocked, natural coloured canvas which depicts Klimt's famous tree of life.
All in all I am very pleased with my purchase which I got at a bargain price. It comes with a hefty £75 publishers tag, which would personally put me off, but it is certainly worth what Amazon is selling it at currently.
If you are at all interested in Gustav Klimt then it will make a wonderful edition to any art lovers library, but it isn't for coffee tables, because it's too big to fit!
Thanks for Reading.