GUSTAV KLIMT. THE DRAWINGS

14 March 2012 - 10 June 2012
Gustav Klimt
Lady with Plumed Hat, 1908

The great popularity of the illustrator Gustav Klimt is primarily based on the intoxicating sensuality of his female studies from the nude. The exhibition Gustav Klimt - The Drawings memorably visualises just how complex his draughtsmanship really is. The Albertina is showing a large part of its famous Klimt holdings, which consist of 170 sheets. The show is supplemented by outstanding loans from Austrian and international collections. The exhibition features a rich spectrum of figure studies, monumental work drawings and pictorial allegories. Klimt created fascinating effects with economical technical means: with chalk, pencil or coloured pencils, occasionally with a pen or watercolours and gold paint. Several series of figure studies are found in the Albertina that were created by Klimt in connection with important allegorical paintings or portraits. In these sheets he got to the essence of a certain pose, movement or frame of mind step by step. Each sheet has an autonomous significance.

 
Particularly these rarely shown series convey deep insight into the work methods and the mental and emotional universe of an artist who practically never spoke about his art.

 

The exhibition will be from 3 July to 23 September 2012 in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

Picture Gallery

 

Gustav Klimt

Portrait of a Woman (Study for "Lasciviousness", Beethoven Frieze, Secession, Vienna), 1901 
Gustav Klimt

Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat, 1897-98  
Gustav Klimt

Floating Female Figure with Outstretched Arm (Study for "Medicine", University of Vienna), 1900/01 
Gustav Klimt

Reclining Girl and Two Studies of Hands (Study for "Shakespeare's Theater", Burgtheater, Vienna), 1886/87 
 
Gustav Klimt

Sitting Woman with Hands Clasped (Study for "Amalie Zuckerkandl"), 1913/14 
Gustav Klimt

Standing Pair of Lovers, Seen from the Side, 1907/08 
Gustav Klimt

Girl with Long Hair, with a Sketch of "Nuda Veritas", 1898/99 
Gustav Klimt

Pair of Lovers, 1913 
 
Gustav Klimt

Composition Design for "The Realms of Nature", 1882 
Gustav Klimt

Two Studies of a Child Being Held (Studies for "The Three Ages of Woman"), about 1904 
Gustav Klimt

Reclining Woman (Study for "Water Snakes II"), 1904 
Gustav Klimt

Standing Dancer in Profile (Study for "The Dancer"), 1916/17 
 
Gustav Klimt

Fish Blood (Illustration for "Ver Sacrum"), 1897/98 
Gustav Klimt

Vested pregnant woman, Study for Hope II, 1907/08 
Gustav Klimt

Sketch for "The Three Ages of Woman", 1904 
Gustav Klimt

Lying Nude, 1912/13 

 

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