Klimt Landscapes

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Author: JANIS STAGGS

Category: The arts

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Prestel

ISBN: 9783791377360

RRP: $115.00

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As inviting and sensual as a warm summer day, this opulent exhibition catalog offers a deep appreciation of Klimt’s ornate, exquisitely detailed, and atmospheric landscape paintings. For the last twenty years of his career, Gustav Klimt devoted considerable energy to painting landscapes during his summer vacations-and these bucolic scenes became some of his most sought-after pictures. Filled with vibrant high-quality reproductions and featuring engaging essays by leading scholars in the field, this exhibition catalog situates Klimt’s landscapes alongside fin-de-sie`cle fashion, photography, and decorative arts of the Wiener Werksta¨tte in particular. Klimt’s landscapes are examined within the context of his larger oeuvre and traces the evolution of his style: from one informed by the academic tradition, to his ornate golden style decorative approach influenced by the ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk, and then to a more painterly manner of working in pure color. The book also considers Klimt’s relationship with his muse, fashion designer Emilie Flo¨ge; his deep engagement with the Viennese avant-garde; and the specific techniques he employed to achieve mesmerizing, harmonious works that literally shimmer with light and color. AUTHORS: Janis Staggs is the Director of Curatorial at Neue Galerie New York. She is the co-editor or contributing author of several books, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Wiener Werksta¨tte, 1903-1932: The Luxury of Beauty, Modern Worlds: Austrian and German Art, 1890-1940, and Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918, all published by Prestel. Other contributors include Shawn Digney- Peer, Paintings Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Monika Faber, Director of the Photoinstitut Bonartes, Vienna; Kathrin Pallestrang, Curator at the Österreichisches Museum fu¨r Volkskunde, Vienna; and Agnieszka Yass-Alston, Provenance Researcher for the Ronald S. Lauder Collection. SELLING POINTS: . PERFECT FOR lovers of Gustav Klimt . A UNIQUE COLLECTION: This gorgeously produced work presents Klimt’s finest portraits, allegories and landscapes 150 colour illustrations

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