A century after his loss of life, Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) nonetheless startles together with his unabashed eroticism, mind-blowing surfaces, and inventive experimentation. This monograph gathers all of Klimt’s top works along authoritative artwork historic statement and privileged get entry to to the artist’s archive.

With high quality representation, together with new pictures of the prestigious Stoclet Frieze, the guide follows Klimt thru his distinguished position within the Secessionist motion of 1897, his candid rendering of the feminine frame, and his lustrous “golden segment” while gold leaf introduced a shimmering tone and texture to such loved works as The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, sometimes called The Girl in Gold.

Through luminous spreads and in moderation curated main points, the monograph strains the repertoire of Jap, Byzantine, and allegorical stimuli that knowledgeable Klimt’s flattened views, his symbolic vocabulary, and his mosaic-like textures. Drawing upon recent critics and voices, the guide additionally examines the artwork global’s polarized reception to Klimt’s footage up to his personal stylistic trajectory. From his panorama portray to erotic works to the debatable ceiling for the Nice Corridor of the College of Vienna, we see how Klimt’s admixture of custom and bold divided the click and public―becried by way of a few as a pornographer, hailed by way of others as a brand new maestro.