The Magic of LineBook - 2012
The phenomenal draftsman Gustav Klimt occupies a unique place in modern art. His extant œuvre comprises some 250 paintings and more than 4,000 works on paper. The study of the human figure—above all female—lies at the heart of the artist’s activity as a draftsman, which he practiced assiduously. Through his study of the poses and gestures of his models, Klimt repeatedly examined the essence of particular psychological and existential states of being. In his constant quest for the ideal solution, Klimt often went beyond the preparation of his paintings, which, particularly after 1900, were dominated by the themes of Eros, Love, Life, and Death. His art cannot be understood without carefully considering the drawings, which are characterized by an unsurpassed mastery of line, in all the phases of his artistic development—from Historicism, through Stilkunst around 1900, the Golden Period, and up to his freer late work.
Baker & Taylor
Features reproductions of the late artist's drawings, and provides text that analyzes particular pieces and explores the late author's thought processes, inspirations, themes, and techniques during major periods of his career.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt's birth, this large, generously illustrated volume helmed by Marian Bisanz-Prakken (curator and Klimt scholar at the Albertina Museum, Vienna) explores the centrality of drawing to Klimt's artistic enterprise through a comprehensive catalogue of the artist's study of the human figure through line. In four chronological sections the main phases of Klimt's development as an artist are presented and analyzed, with the comparison of drawings and paintings playing a significant role and the female figure paramount. Some pieces are presented to the public here for the first time. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)