myself, discovered this great expressionist painter.
In my first years of forays into the
history of modern art, I never came across the name Gustav Klimt,
and I didn't have the sense that anyone important had been left out
of my little "pantheon".
One day in 1989, though, I was at New
York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'd already finished my visit to
the galleries, and was blowsing in the Bookstore/Gift Shop. A book
with a lot of gold on the cover caught my attention. Right then and
there, I had my first view of Klimt's eternal image, "The Kiss".
Klimt was an unique painter. He was
practically a goldsmith in his sensitive use of that significant color.
His figures, designs, and use of various shapes almost as a kind of
hieroglyphic, all contribute to his having his own place in modern
art history. He also did gorgeous, impressionist paintings, and some
fascinating portraits of women.
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