Cult of pleasure: Feminine sensuality by the Vienna Secession's greatest proponent Gustav Klimt’s ornate, sensual, and decadent style made him not only the most prominent of the Vienna Secessionists but one of the best loved artists of all time. In his own time, Kilmt (1862-1918) was a highly successful painter, draftsman, muralist, and graphic artist; in the intervening years, iconic works such as The Kiss have been elevated to nothing less than cult status. Klimt's unfading popularity attests to the appeal of not only his aesthetic sensibilities but also that of the recurrent universal themes in his work: love, feminine beauty, aging, and death. He once wrote, "I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures." With this overview of Klimt's work, readers will delight in taking up that challenge. About the Series:
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Gustav Klimt's art is thoroughly fin de siecle. It expresses the apocalyptic atmosphere of Vienna's upper middle-class society - a society devoted to the cultivation of aesthetic awareness and the cult of pleasure. The ecstatic joy which Klimt and his contemporaries found - or hoped to find - in beauty was constantly overshadowed by death. And death therefore plays an important role in Klimt's art. Klimt's fame, however, rests on his reputation as one of the greatest erotic painters and graphic artists of his times. In particular, his drawings, which have been widely admired for their artistic excellence, are dominated by the erotic portrayal of women. Klimt saw the world "in female form".From the Publisher:
A Taschen look at Gustav Klimt, man and artist.
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Book Description Taschen, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX382285980X
Book Description Taschen, 1999. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Anyone who wants to find out about me - as an artist, which is all that's of interest - should look attentively at my pictures." Gustav Klimt. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_382285980X
Book Description Taschen, NY, 2000. Softcover with Flaps. Book Condition: New. A great affordable introduction to Klimt. You'll be glad you got this plumb. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 002484
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Book Description Taschen, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11382285980X