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Gustav Klimt: A Painted Fairy Tale (Adventures in Art) Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Adventures in Art
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337041
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–8—In this slim volume, significant aspects of the Austrian artist's life, times, and work are touched upon. From frescoes in theaters to elegant portraits mostly of women, the featured paintings are colorful and sometimes ornate with elaborate patterns and accented with gold. The quality reproductions demonstrate the range of Klimt's art from the intimate The Kiss to the pastoral A Farmhouse on Lake Atter. This attractive introduction provides enough information for brief reports.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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About the Author

Stephan Koja is a curator at the Osterreichischen Galerie Belvedere in Vienna. He is the author of numerous titles, including Claude Monet: The Magician of Colour and Gustav Klimt: Landscapes (both by Prestel).

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dragonlady on November 9, 2008
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I was very disappointed in this book. I am an elementary art teacher, and was looking for resources to bring the work of this wonderful artist to kids. There were no reviews yet of the book, and no inside views, so I unfortunately took a risk. First of all, since it is part of a series of books that introduces artists and their artwork to children, I was surprised that some of the images chosen for the book included somewhat erotic nudity. Due to these images, I cannot show the book to my elementary students; I risk getting fired! I know much of Klimt's work DOES contain eroticism and nudity, but those images should not be in a book aimed at kids. Second of all, the title "A Painted Fairy Tale" led me to believe the text would be geared for kids. It was not. It is too difficult for youngsters, and not at a level they would understand if I read it to them. There is no attempt to relate Klimt's work and life to the fairy tale alluded to in the title. If you are an adult looking to learn about Klimt, fine. The quality of reproductions is good, and the text is informative. If you plan to use it with kids, as I did, don't waste your money. What a disappointment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Josephson on June 17, 2009
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Easy to understand information and great pictures. I teach Spec. Ed. so the layout appeals to multiple academic levels.
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