Gustav Klimt's art is thoroughly fin de siecle. It expresses the apocalyptic atmosphere of Vienna's upper middle-class society - a society devoted to the cultivation of aesthetic awareness and the cult of pleasure. The ecstatic joy, which Klimt (1862-1918) and his contemporaries found - or hoped to find - in beauty, was constantly overshadowed by death, and death therefore plays an important role in Klimt's art. Klimt's fame, however, rests on his reputation as one of the greatest erotic painters and graphic artists of his times. Particularly his drawings, which have been widely admired for their artistic excellence, are dominated by the erotic portrayal of women. Klimt saw the world "in female form." Author Gottfried Fliedl also discusses the Secession movement and Klimt's role within this important group of artists.
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After studying art history in Vienna and Marburg, Gottfried Fliedl accepted a lectureship at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna, where he taught for 10 years before becoming a lecturer of museology at the Universities of Klagenfurt and Vienna.
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Description du livre Taschen GmbH, 2006. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire 9783822850145