The prince of decadence

Looking at Klimt in a whole new light

During his lifetime, Gustav Klimt was a controversial star whose works made passions run high. He stood for Modernism but he also embodied tradition. His pictures polarized and divided the art-loving world. The press and general public alike were split over the question: For or against Klimt?

This monograph explores Klimt's oeuvre with particular emphasis upon such contemporary voices. With a complete catalog of his paintings, including new photographs of the Stoclet Frieze commissioned exclusively for this book, it examines the reactions to Klimt's work throughout his career. Subjects range from Klimt’s portrayal of women to his adoption of landscape painting. The theory that Klimt was a man of few words who rarely put pen to paper is also dispelled with the inclusion of 179 letters, cards, writings, and other documents from the artist.

Contributing authors: Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Christoph Grunenberg, Hansjörg Krug, Susanna Partsch, Angelina Pötschner and Michaela Reichel
The editor and author:
Tobias G. Natter worked at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna for fifteen years. From 2001–2002 he was curator of the Neue Galerie in New York. From 2006 to 2011 he directed the Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz and was responsible for the museum’s new premises and the reorganization of the collection. From 2011 to 2013 he was director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. His extensive publications and his conception and organization of exhibitions on the theme of “Vienna around 1900” have made him an internationally acknowledged expert on Viennese art at the turn of the century. In 2014 he founded Natter Fine Art, which focuses on the development and implementation of exhibitions and on research.
Gustav Klimt. Complete Paintings (XL-Format)

Gustav Klimt. Complete Paintings

Tobias G. Natter
Hardcover with fold-outs, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 676 pages
$ 200
Edition: English
Availability: 05/2015
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“In every way an indispensible contribution to research… brilliant foldouts provide large views, while individual enlargements grant fascinating insight into the detail.”
— Kunstchronik, Munich, Germany
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