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This Old Firehouse
Ambis Enterprises LLC
An unparalleled work of Klimt scholarship that revisits his work in the context of his contemporaries When a painting by Gustav Klimt was sold at auction in 2006 for a reported 135 million dollars, Klimt fervor reached a pitch that many observers saw as a climax and perhaps even as a swan song. Not for the first time, they were wrong: long after that headline sale, Klimt remains very much a focus of attention. The countless events being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth make a clear statement to this effect. Not that it takes such a special occasion for the press and the public to start talking about Klimt. More than two hundred articles about the artist appeared online in August 2011 alone, in comparison with barely seventy on Rembrandt within the same period. This media publicity set editor Tobias G. Natter thinking about the value of compiling the present book. During his lifetime, Klimt was a controversial star whose works made passions run high; he stood for Modernism but he also embodied tradition. His pictures polarized and divided the art-loving world. Journalists and general public alike were split over the question: " For or against Klimt? " The present publication therefore places particular emphasis upon the voices of Klimt's contemporaries via a series of essays examining reactions to his work throughout his career. Subjects range from Klimt's portrayal of women to his adoption of landscape painting in the second half of his life. The cliche that Gustav Klimt was a man of few words who rarely put pen to paper is vehemently dispelled: no less than 231 letters, cards, writings and other documents--all known Klimt correspondence--are included in this monograph. This wealth of archival material, assembled here for the first time on such a scale, represents a major contribution to Klimt scholarship. Defining features of this edition: catalog of Klimt's completepaintingsall known letter correspondenceContributing authors: Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Christoph Grunenberg, Hansjorg Krug, Susanna Partsch, and Angelina Potschner
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