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3.0 out of 5 stars great format, poor reproductions, February 21, 2003
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The format of this book is wonderful -- the pages unfold to become full 20x22" images. This is a perfect size for a poster or teaching aid -- IF the image quality weren't so poor! I wanted to like this book, really... but I've seen Klimt's work in person as well as in many other books, and the reproductions here are just so dull and grainy. Rich violets appear brown; the firey red hair in several pieces looks very subdued. "The Kiss", shown on the front cover, shows the couple with skin that is positively green. And the golds that Klimt is famous for, while I appreciate that they must be difficult to photograph, just do not come across.
I would have gladly paid more for this book if the publishers could have reproduced it better. It is obvious they intended this to be a picture book -- there are literally only two pages of writing -- so it would make sense to give the best reproductions possible! Even using a glossy paper instead of the dull matte finish would have given a better presentation.
If you are interested in truly appreciating Klimt and his work, I would recommend Taschen's posterbook for large, good quality reproductions. I also would recommend "Silver, Gold, and Precious Stones" from the Adventures in Art Series. This is geared toward a younger audience, but it beautifully laid out and presented, and actually uses a gold finish on the areas with gold leaf (nice touch!).
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2014 11:57:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 12:03:16 PM PDT
The Taschen's book is Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings, but it's expensive ~ $134

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 10:01:07 PM PDT
Shopper82 says:
Thank you for your review. Unfortunately there seems to be a mix-up between the customer comments and various editions of the book authored by Gottfried Fliedl. I see this happening more and more on Amazon. The copy I have is isbn: 3-8228-7213-x and the book size is 12" x 9 3/4". The printing is excellent.
I was looking for a book that was illustrated by various artists over the years. I wanted an edition featuring a particular artist and I had to go else where to figure it out because of the confusion caused by Amazon dumping all comments together for all editions.
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