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Aug 16, 2013


Gustav Glück, director of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, wrote as early as 1922 of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) that his drawings were perhaps his ultimate artistic achievement. This founder of Secessionsstil and leader of the revolt against the Viennese academies was able to achieve greater freedom in his drawings than in his more laboriously executed paintings. While there are only about two hundred completed oils, the drawings number in the thousands, and are reported to have at times quite littered his studio. He himself considered them finished works, and often exhibited them alongside his paintings.
Klimt's subject matter is almost exclusively the female body, naked or half clothed. For this he earned the reputation of erotic artist, and while he did not suffer the outright persecutions of his successors Schiele and Kokoschka, he was nevertheless subjected to the trials that a frankly erotic artist had to undergo in Vienna, where the everyday subject of conversation was the current love affairs of celebrities but where audiences were shocked by the sight of a dancer's naked legs. An issue of Ver Sacrum which reproduced one of his drawings was confiscated by the authorities.
The drawings reveal above all that concern of great draughtsmen from Michelangelo through Blake the marriage of subtle grace and expressive dynamism that is the human body. Like that of these two past masters, Klimt's method is essentially linear. He knew, as they did, that line, rather than shading, the creation of volume or the use of color, is the natural medium for expressing the freedom of the living human form. As he matured as an artist there was an increasing awareness of this and a greater and greater spontaneity that approached, finally, "the lightness of a net of gauze."
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100 Drawings - Gustav Klimt


KLIMT one hundred drawings

Portrait sketch of a lady in a large hat; reclining woman; 1905/12.


KLIMT one hundred drawings

With an introduction by Alfred Werner


Copyright © 1972 by Dover Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Gustav Klimt: 100 Drawings is a new work, first published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1972. The publisher is grateful to Mr. Serge Sabarsky, who loaned 53 original drawings for reproduction and furnished much documentation. The other 47 drawings in this volume are reproduced from two portfolios of facsimiles: (1) Gustav Klimt: fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen, published by Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Vienna, 1919; and (2) Gustav Klimt: 2S Zeichnungen ausgewählt und bearbeitet von Alice Strobl, published by the Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, Graz (Austria), 1964 (used by special arrangement with the original publisher).

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 78-157434

International Standard Book Number

ISBN-13: 978-0-486-22446-6

ISBN-10: 0-486-22446-5

Manufactured in the United States by Courier Corporation




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There was a time when Klimt’s name was a battle-cry for those progressive Austrian artists who were fed up with the pseudo- classical, pseudo-Baroque spirit that continued to dominate Vienna. In 1897 led an exodus of the young from the arch-conservative Künstlerhaus, whose middle-aged members were still painting historical anecdotes and mythological themes in an antiquated manner. These seventeen rebels formed a new association, with an exhibition hall of their own and a large, superbly illustrated magazine, Ver Sacrum. This group was later known as Secession, and the manner in which its members expressed themselves, as Secessionsstil. Its foremost representative, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), became famous, or rather notorious, in his native city largely on account of a

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    Beautiful drawings from a master artist! How can you not love them?