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The Max Branning of the fin de siecle Viennese art world
on 13 June 2014
I didn't read the small print when I purchased this book on Amazon. I thought I was buying a large hardback but instead I got an A4 paperback with fairly small prints of Klimt's most famous paintings.I think a larger book and larger pictures would have been more attractive and appealing. Klimt really did love the daughters of Eve as nearly every picture features them either dolled up to the nines or in various states of undress and often entirely naked. He painted the vile creatures in very flattering poses , more like goddesses than mere women. I am sure the 21st Century lesbian/feminist fraternity would love these paintings and indeed several of his pictures feature naked lesbians in the throes of erotic pleasure. Some of Klimt's paintings are beautiful , but there was a certain sameness to them and if you think that women are actually rather ordinary, dull and indeed malevolent beings , then his paintings and this book wont be for you.