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Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line

Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line

By Marian Bisanz-Prakken, translated by Steven Lindberg

The phenomenal draftsman Gustav Klimt occupies a unique place in modern art. In this lavishly illustrated volume, published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth, Marian Bisanz-Prakken explores not only the variety of Klimt's prolific draftsmanship-- his extant œuvre comprises some 250 paintings and more than 4,000 works on paper-- but also the centrality of drawing to Klimt's artistic enterprise. The study of the human figure, above all female, lies at the heart of the artist's activity as a draftsman. Through his study of the poses and gestures of his models, Klimt repeatedly examined the essence of particular psychological and existential states of being. His art cannot be understood without carefully considering the drawings, which are characterized by an unsurpassed mastery of line in all the phases of his artistic development.

Marian Bisanz-Prakken is the reigning expert on Klimt drawings. As curator at the Albertina Museum, Vienna, she is responsible for one of the most extensive and representative groups of Klimt drawings in the world.

Hardcover
304 pages
J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012
11.6 x 9.9 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781606061114

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