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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,055,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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'Whoever wants to know something about me as an artist... ought to look carefully at my pictures and try to see in them what I am and what I want to do.' Arranged thematically, this book contains over 100 reproductions of Klimt's work in spectacular giant size and sumptuous detail. Featuring some of the most iconic and valuable works of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notable paintings include: The Beethoven Frieze, The Kiss, The Stoclet Palace Frieze, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, Judith 1, The Bride; as well as many stunning landscapes such as Poppy Field, Litzlberg on the Attersee and Malcesine on Lake Garda.

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