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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, 27 Illustrations, black and white; 282 Illustrations, color
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/11/2005
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780500238264