Gustav Klimt was born in Austria in 1862. In his early career he received a public commission to paint a series of frescos. He received the 'Gold Cross for Artistic Merit' for his Burgtheater murals. However it is to the Viennese Secession that Klimt’s name will most enduringly be linked. This revolutionary movement separated itself definitively from public, academic art. The artistic chaos which reigned in Vienna at the time made it an extraordinary place to live.
The atmosphere of Klimt’s Nuda Veritas could be likened to the slow languor of Strauss’ operas or to the theatre productions of Schnitzler. His paintings and the few of his drawings which were not destroyed by fire demonstrate a sensuality of rare delicacy. For Klimt “All art is erotic”, whether expressed through the extravagant Byzantine decoration of his Judith I, or through pure nudity. This book brings together Klimt’s finest paintings, along with a text that demonstrates the extraordinary eclecticism of this great artist.
Writers, lecturers, and specialists in history of art, Jane Rogoyska and Patrick Bade take the reader on a journey into the world of one of the most sensual artists of the end of the 19th century and of the beginning of the 20th. Through the artist's monograph, Patrick Bade revives all the eroticism of Kilmt's oeuvre, whilst Jane Rogoyska, specialist in fin-de-siècle artists, unveils the secrets of Kilmt's most beautiful works. Jane Rogoyska and Patrick Bade have previously written the text for numerous works published by Parkstone, such as those on Amedeo Modigliani and Auguste Renoir respectively.
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