- Hardcover: 228 pages
- Publisher: Prestel; 01 edition (26 Jun. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3791326775
- ISBN-13: 978-3791326771
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (Art & Design) Hardcover – 26 Jun 2002
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Gustav Klimt's landscape paintings bring to light a lesser-known aspect of the artist's oeuvre, proving his mastery extended beyond renowned portraits of Viennese society to evocative depictions of nature. Over a period of many years, Klimt regularly stayed in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, occasionally travelling across the border to Italy. During the summer, he tried to capture the beauty of nature, taking advantage of the light and brilliant colours found in the mountainous countryside. Many of these paintings are now considered his finest works. This books brings together all the known landscape paintings by Klimt and underlines his valuable contribution to the school of European landscape painting. --Angela Wintle, The Argus --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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While Klimt is largely revered for his opulent, symbol-laden portraits of the Viennese bourgeoisie, these works were just one aspect of his artistic expression. Klimts landscapes represent an important facet of his career, and are a valuable contribution to the school of European nature painting. For many years the artist traveled to the Austrian and Italian countryside during the summer, where he took advantage of the extraordinary light and spectacular hues. Among the most exquisite of Klimts landscapes are those in which he experimented with composition and style; many of them reveal the influence of his contemporaries. Accompanied by essays from scholars, the images reproduced in this book comprise all extant landscapes from this brilliant artist which, though few in number, are made even more valuable by their scarcity.See all Product Description
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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.
Visually, this is a stunning book. But the plates are supported by 8 essays/chapters on the artist written by a team of 7 experts, in addition to several lucid introductions to individual and grouped canvases. The themes covered in these chapters include: Austrian ideas about nature; the 1890s fashion for rural holidays; Klimt's approach to landscape painting; Klimt's approach to modernism; landscape art, optics and telescopes; Klimt and the Teutonic landscape tradition; and Klimt's technique. Several of these chapters are intended for the general reader, while others cater for scholars.
This is a remarkable publication, deserving of a place in any art library. Make no mistake, you will not find another art book as carefully organised page-by-page to show the visual complexity and technical richness of an artist
The plates are high quality and the well-written accompanying notes and essays very informative. Although this volume is concerned with the landscape paintings, throughout the book there are small examples and photograph's of Klimt's other work, and indeed of some other artists to illustrate points being made in the essays and notes and to provide context.
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