During his lifetime,Gustav Klimtwas a controversial star whose works made passions run high. He stood for Modernism but he also embodied tradition. His picturespolarized and divided the art-loving world. The press and general public alike were split over the question:For or against Klimt?
This monograph explores Klimt’s oeuvre with particular emphasis upon such contemporary voices. With a complete catalogue of his paintings, includingnew photographs of the Stoclet Friezecommissioned exclusively for this book, it examines the reactions to Klimt’s work throughout his career. Subjects range from Klimt’sportrayal of womento hisadoption 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 of179 letters, cards, writings, and other documents from the artist.
Contributing authors:Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Christoph Grunenberg, Hansjörg Krug, Susanna Partsch, Angelina Pötschner, and Michaela Reichel
The editor and author
Tobias G. Natteris an internationally acknowledged expert on art in “Vienna around 1900.” For many years he worked at the Austrian Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, latterly as head curator. He also worked as guest curator at the Tate Liverpool, the Neue Galerie New York, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Schirn in Frankfurt am Main, and the Jewish Museum in Vienna. From 2006 to 2011, he directed the Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz, and from 2011 to 2013 was director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. In 2014 he founded Natter Fine Arts, which specializes in assessing works of art and developing exhibition concepts. He is the author of TASCHEN’sGustav Klimt. Complete Paintings,Art for All. The Colour Woodcut in Vienna around 1900andEgon Schiele. The Complete Paintings 1909–1918.