Gustav Klimt, one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement, was both influenced by and shaped the city of Vienna at the turn of the century. Trips to Ravenna, as well the annual summer holidays were a source of inspiration and influence on his creative output.
This stunning art book explores the influences of Vienna and other places Klimt travelled to and called home on his life and work. For example, during a trip to Ravenna in Italy, he was captivated by Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale for their striking use of gold leaf – a technique which he sought to replicate in his own work, such as The Kiss. Other excursions with the Flöge family on the shores of Attersee moved him to paint many of his best-known landscapes; the only genre that truly interested Klimt other than figure painting. Fully illustrated, the book features paintings, archive imagery and photographs of the surrounding city and landscape to provide an insight into how the people and places of his life relate to his work.
Over de auteur:
Patrick Bade is an art historian, author and travel lecturer, who has lead art history tours to London, Munich, Paris and Vienna, amongst others capital cultural cities in Europe.
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