Thursday, October 20, 2016

Klimt - Nathaniel Harris

Although Harris presents 50 major works in chronological order, commenting them all separately, this is in no way any sort of thorough analysis. 

It's more of an introduction to Klimt and to his early 20th century Austria, moving from chaste, Victorian values to more explicit, Freudian representations of sexuality. 
Klimt was one of the forerunners of the avant-garde Secession-group, which is very clear in his most famous works, the portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer (above) and 'The Kiss', for instance.

I knew less about his early paintings, of which this multi-portrait (of authentic Vienna nobility) is my favourite.

Zuschauerraum im altem Burgtheater, Gustav Klimt, 1888

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