The undying popularity of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) testifies not only to the particular appeal of his exuberant painting, but also to the universal themes with which he worked: love, feminine beauty, the passage of time and death .
Klimt, who was the son of a goldsmith, created surfaces of an ornate luminosity similar to that of a precious stone and very common in Japanese and Egyptian art. His paintings, murals, and friezes are characterized by radiant color, flowing lines, floral elements, and mosaic patterns .
It tackles numerous themes, including sensuality and desire as well as restlessness and despair, in which all that iridescence is also charged with emotion. His countless images of women with voluptuous silhouettes, delicate skin, crimson lips and flushed cheeks exuded passion at a time when such overt eroticism was still taboo in upper-middle-class Viennese society.
This book presents a selection of Klimt's work that reveals his pictorial world of decoration and desire, as well as his influence on future artists.