Gustav Klimt: Drawings and Watercolours
There can be no doubt about Klimts greatness as a draughtsman. Remarkable above all is the intensely sensual mood that he establishes in his limpid, fluid drawings and watercolours. Rainer Metzger brings together hundreds of Klimts works on paper in a way that enriches our knowledge of the artist and enhances the visual impact of his oeuvre. Many revolve around Klimts taboo-breaking main themes the naked woman, erotica and homoerotica while others provide allegorical and historical insights. Between these two poles lie Klimts elegantly direct preparatory sketches and studies, tirelessly and manically executed frameworks that would lay the foundations for his paintings. This book is a fitting testament to a hitherto neglected aspect of Klimts art, which is as complex and contradictory as the times in which it was made and as the man who made it.
Rainer Metzger has written numerous books on art and music, including volumes on Van Gogh, Chagall, John Cage and Erik Satie. He has been a professor at the Karlsruhe Academy of Art since 2004.