During his lifetime,Â Gustav KlimtÂ was a controversial star whose works made passions run high. He stood for Modernism but he also embodied tradition. His picturesÂ polarized and divided the art-loving world. The press and general public alike were split over the question:Â For or against Klimt?Â
This monograph explores Klimt's oeuvre with particular emphasis upon such contemporary voices. With a complete catalog of his paintings, includingÂ new photographs of the Stoclet FriezeÂ commissioned exclusively for this book, it examines the reactions to Klimt's work throughout his career. Subjects range from KlimtâsÂ portrayal of womenÂ to hisÂ adoption of landscape painting. The theory that Klimt was a man of few words who rarely put pen to paper is also dispelled with the inclusion ofÂ 179 letters, cards, writings,Â and other documents from the artist.
Contributing authors:Â Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Christoph Grunenberg, HansjÃ¶rg Krug, Susanna Partsch, Angelina PÃ¶tschner and Michaela Reichel