Gustav Klimt: In Search of The 'Total Artwork'
Highlights from the Viennese artist's entire career are brought together in this volume that examines his work as well as his talents. For much of his career, Gustav Klimt was at the center of a movement taking hold in Viennese culture, the goal of which was to create unity among art forms - fine arts, architecture and design. This movement transformed the city, physically and philosophically, and made Klimt known. This exhibition catalog highlights many of Klimt's most important works and traces the significant stages of the artist's career - his involvement with the Viennese Secession, his collaboration with the Wiener Werkstätte, and his role as the foremost portraitist and landscape painter of the Jugendstil period. In this volume, readers will find color illustrations of Klimt's masterpieces. His work 'Beethoven Frieze' is reproduced in its entirety. His paintings 'Judith I' and 'Adam and Eve', examples of Klimt's experiments with gold and mosaic style, allow close inspection of every detail. Other paintings display the broad range of Klimt's oeuvre, while his drawings and erotic sketches offer an intimate glimpse into his artistic process and technique.