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Klimt Hardcover – October 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-3791337647 ISBN-10: 3791337645 Edition: Slp

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; Slp edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337645
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337647
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.7 x 16.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This uniquely exhaustive survey of the leading artist of Viennese Art Nouveau style offers art lovers an irresistible opportunity: page after page of Klimt's paintings and frescoes along with illuminating commentary about his life and career. The author presents Klimt's entire painted oeuvre on an unprecedented scale.

About the Author

Alfred Weidinger is associate director of the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

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Also, great commentary about his career and life.
H. Ward
As for the catalogue raisonne at the back - the paintings are reproduced in an approximately 3 X 3 inch size, and even at this size, they are not sharp.
AH
Being a professional artist who is drawn to the work of Klimt. this book is awesome.
artist100

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145 of 147 people found the following review helpful By AH on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I will probably be pilloried for this review since the book "sold out in America before its publication date". Maybe that was because of expectations (my own mistake) as opposed to seeing the real thing. I actually ordered two copies separately in order to keep one in my parents' place, and thankfully, have been able to cancel the second.

Klimt has been my favourite painter for over 20 years, and I had imagined that a giant-size tome of the complete paintings would be a revelation. As I turned the pages just now, my rating steadily fell from four to three to two stars.
Firstly, from the way that the book has been designed, there is absolutely no reason for it to be more than 30 X 25 cm. The majority (I do not use this word metaphorically) of the pages in the essay section (about 3/4 of the book) are at least 70% text, and the illustrations are mainly half-postcard size. When more than fifty percent of the page is actually used for illustration, more often than not, they print a detail of a painting without a picture of the full painting (except in the catalogue at the end - we will come to that).
There are no measurements quoted for the paintings in the main section of the book, and often, the fact that the illustration is only a part of the painting is not mentioned.
The paintings are definitely secondary to the text and used to illustrate the essayist's point, rather than the text being secondary to the paintings or a celebration of the paintings. I can understand this in an academic pamphlet, but an 18" X 12" book?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Hockel on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book with some extra cash, despite the warnings by AH Art Lover UK. I recommend everyone read his review first for some very important points.

The type face is quite striking and it excels at mirroring the glamor and scale of Klimt. As a simple coffee table book on Klimt, this certainly makes a bold statement. A serious art book this is not.

I agree with Art Lover that many of the paintings were printed too small for such an over-sized book. However, some pictures were printed very large as details, and I found these quite good. Never (in all the books I have purchased) have I seen his work with such detail. The image quality was good, and i found only a few blurry images. The full catalog in the back of the book has very small images, and I was quite saddened that many of my favorite paintings were excluded from the full page treatment.

Many "rare" paintings were included that I had no knowledge of. Also, this book represents the most recent findings on Klimt's work. I especially enjoyed the breakthroughs on the Stoclet Frieze's Knight.

The writing is good, and does a great job of pointing out historical facts, but it spends little time on the paintings themselves. I also found that the painting being talked about in the text was often several pages away from the text describing it. Many times, the images being described in the text (paintings that are usually by other artists) were not to be found within the book.

Its a good history book and offers great insight into klimt. For the price it really is a toss up depending on your budget. I wish it had more full size images, but I enjoyed the large size and EXCELLENT quality of the printing, binding, and overall craftsmanship.
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By David M. on January 19, 2011
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Very good book on Klimt for enthusiasts with lots of interesting information. High quality print.
Book itself is very big. Attracts lots of attention of guests :).
A big carton cover is not of the best quality. It was easily damaged by sinply pulling the book out of it. be careful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By artist100 on February 11, 2011
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Being a professional artist who is drawn to the work of Klimt. this book is awesome. I did not expect the large over size. It is on my coffee table. It is a heavy book, not an easy book to handle as a reference book, which is what I wanted. However. LOVE THE BOOK...GLAD I HAVE IT!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NJL on February 2, 2011
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Not an exhaustive study of his works, but a comprehensive look at his most famous and note worthy works such as "The Kiss" "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" "Judith I" as well as details of some of his large murals and lost works. Many beautiful large plates. Will not disapoint the amateur fan and very likely will broaden their undersanding of the artist. Probably won't have teach an Art historian, or student of the period. Includes biographical details of his life and the Vienese Secessionist movement. Overall an excelent book on an excelent artist.
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