Klimt

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Cult of pleasure: Feminine sensuality by the Vienna Secessions greatest proponent

Gustav Klimts 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. Klimts 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 Klimts work, readers will delight in taking up that challenge.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHENs Basic Art series features:


  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance

  • a concise biography

  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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