Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt

Drawings & Watercolours

  1. Rainer Metzger
  • ISBN 9780500238264
  • 22.90 x 15.20 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 400pp
  • 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.