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Gustav Klimt: Painter of Women (Pegasus Library) Hardcover – October, 1994

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Each of the attractively designed, compact, and well-illustrated hardcover books in this series deals with a specific facet of an artist's career. As with any series, the quality of the titles vary-though the translations from the German are all dotted with odd grammatical constructions and the occasional ambiguity. Sagner-Duchting's discussion of Claude Monet's work at Giverny is a good introduction to the artist's important contribution to Impressionism as well as a careful analysis of his great series of grain stacks and water lilies. Partsch focuses on Klimt's relationships with women-both as an artist and as a man-offering a good, detailed account of Klimt and Emilie Floge (a fashion designer and perhaps his true love). The one disappointment is the work on Rodin and Claudel. Schmoll is defensive about the attention and praise given sculptor Camille Claudel in recent years (often, admittedly, at the expense of Rodin). His portrayal of Claudel in this brief book is at times quite negative and at odds with the picture that has emerged from the work of Reine-Marie Paris (Camille Claudel, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1990). The "Pegasus Library" aims to provide a focused study of one aspect of an artist's oeuvre in an inexpensive format. Previous subjects include Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Vasily Kandinsky (all LJ 11/1/94). Although individual titles may be of interest to libraries, the narrow focus and variations in quality make the series as a whole an optional purchase.
Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pegasus Library
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791314289
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791314280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No area of Klimt's art better displays his true genius than his paintings/sketches of women. His ability to flawlessly capture things such as beauty, sensuality, and love is unrivaled by any other artist. A varied collection of gorgeous pieces are displayed, while a great deal of interesting information provides an even deeper appreciation for the works.
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This book was a good value for the low price. It gives a fair bit of info on the artist that I wasn't aware of and highlights some of his more familiar works. A nice intro to a more elaborate volume.
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I was always indifferent to the paintings of Gustav Klimt until I saw the actual paintings at an exhibit in New York at the Neue Gallery. The one's I saw (such as the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer) are quite large (138 by 138 cm). So the reproductions that one sees in an art book are a significant condensation of the actual work. The details visible in these large canvases are brilliant and certainly make Gustav Klimt a very unique artist with a distinctive use of colour patterns.

There are a good range of paintings in this book - all of women. But unfortunately none of his landscapes (the title says so!). These paintings are extraordinary in that in addition to the wonderful colours the women just seem to be floating. They are surrounded by textured panoplies of beautiful quilt-like designs. These colourations elaborate the sensuousness of the paintings.

The text in this book is somewhat disappointing. There are basically abrupt discussions of the models that Klimt used. It would seem that Klimt believed in free-love and this was more or less kept hidden after his death. He had children with several different women who were his models. Some of these women were very wealthy, but others less so. We are not given anything revealing on what inspired Klimt and I came out of this book with very little knowledge of Klimt's life.

But the reproductions in this book make me enthusiastic to know far more about this artist and this brought my evaluation to 4 stars.
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I was looking for a basic book about Gustav to take to a book club. This had a good selection of his work.
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Wonderful" It gave details on historical context as well as his paintings, with pictures.
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