Drawings & Watercolours
- ISBN 9780500238264
- 22.90 x 15.20 cm
- PLC (with jacket)
- 309 Illustrations, 282 in colour
- First published 2005
‘Delightful … includes some intensely sexy drawings of women that make plain the artist’s desire for them with every caressing line’ – Frank Whitford, The Sunday Times
‘Klimt at his best’ – The Independent on Sunday
There can be no doubt about Klimt’s greatness as a draughtsman. Remarkable above all is the intensely sensual mood that he establishes in his limpid, fluid drawings and watercolours.
Rainer Metzger brings together hundreds of Klimt’s works on paper in a way that enriches our knowledge of the artist and enhances the visual impact of his oeuvre. Many revolve around Klimt’s taboo-breaking main themes – the naked woman, erotica and homoerotica – while others provide allegorical and historical insights. Between these two poles lie Klimt’s elegantly direct preparatory sketches and studies, tirelessly and manically executed – frameworks that would lay the foundations for his paintings.
This book is a fitting testament to a hitherto neglected aspect of Klimt’s art, which is as complex and contradictory as the times in which it was made and as the man who made it.
Vienna-based art historian and writer Rainer Metzger is a lecturer at the Kunstuniversität Linz, Stuttgart University, and the Academy of Art in Karlsruhe. His books include Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Paintings.