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Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918 Hardcover – 21 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Second Edition edition (21 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857382497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857382498
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 1.8 x 36.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,029 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 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 for $135 million. This deposed Picasso's Boy With a Pipe as the highest reported price ever 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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When I reviewed "Gustav Klimt: In Search of the Total Artwork" I mentioned that this book might have been more to my liking.
I put my money where my mouth was, so here I am reviewing this book.
First of all, the title is just "Gustav Klimt" without any birth or death year added.
The size is huge (367 x 308 x 21 mm, but only 175 pages), I could not find a bookshelf to hold it. The hight wouldn't have been such a problem, but it is sticking out because it is almost square. Inside I found what I was looking for: beautiful full page colour pictures with just enough text on the other page to wet your curiosity.
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This affords an excellent opportunity to explore the work of Klimt beyond the more well known works. Many readers will be familiar with The Kiss but Klimt's work goes well beyond that and the book shows some of his early work as well. I would strongly recommend this lavish publication.
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This is a great book, very large and with full page colour images of most of the famous portrait and landscape paintings and many more. The presentation of the book is superb and the colour plates are clear and with beutiful colour rendition- especially the cover. This is not an exhaustive collection but shows the full scope of his painting and drawing styles with brief but illuminating text including the current location of the works where these have survived. You may have to adjust the height of one of your bookshelves though - it really is a big atlas sized book, but necessary to bring across the full impact of his astonishing talents. Not for the 'Klimpt reader' but great for a general overview of his work and at the price I paid - 14 pounds incl postage represents unprecedented value for money.
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I love this book and of course that is influenced by my love of this artist. It is a HUGE book and full of large paintings. You can really sit and enjoy looking at the details whilst reading the story attached to each piece. The last few pages are of his landscapes which I am not fond of at all but still they are part of the artists collections.
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I bought this book to take to a wedding and asked people to sign the book and write a memory message. The book as perfect as it is a beautifully illustrated book and for the occassion suited my needs and those attending the wedding loved it too. Great memories and a beautiful book.
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