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Plate # 21/30.
Gustav Klimt An Aftermath
Max Eisler, Editor
Austrian State Printing Office (Österreichischer Staatsdruckerei), Printer
30 color collotypes, 150 copies in English, thereof 20 copies (Nos. I-XX) as a gala
edition bound in gilt leather
Gustav Klimt An Aftermath appeared as a final flowering of the collotype portfolio. According to Eisler, the portfolio was intended to complete Das Werk Gustav Klimts, yet it stands as an independent creation. The inclusion of unfinished paintings (Adam and Eve; Bridal Progress) as well as previously unpublished works gives the portfolio unique value.
In his introductory notes, Eisler traces Klimt's career, evincing a decidedly ambivalent attitude towards the artist. By stressing the decorative qualities of Klimt's paintings, Eisler betrays a bias conditioned by the proliferation of Modernist styles after Klimt's death. Yet the stunning collotype of Hygieia as well as sections of the Stoclet Frieze remind present-day viewers of Klimt’s contribution to the development of Modernism in the twentieth century. These works reveal Klimt's unique ability to combine naturalistic representation with abstract patterning in a manner unparalleled by any other artist of his time, or since.
Gustav Klimt is best known for his opulently gilded art nouveau portraits of women that epitomize fin-de-siècle Vienna. His Symbolist pastiches of pale nudes, allegorical gardens and erotic content served as the basis for many American psychedelic poster designs in the 1960s. Early in his career, Klimt was supported generously by the Viennese community, and received several commissions for murals in theaters and the Museum Kunsthistorisches. Early narrative paintings depicted heavy subjects such as anxiety, doubt, sexuality, and death, but in later years, he turned toward landscape painting, exploring light and abstract patterns of nature. His most famous paintings are The Kiss (1907) and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907), which sold for a record auction price of more than 100 million dollars in 2006.
Austrian, 1862-1918, Baumgarten, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria
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