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Klimt: sex, paint and Art Nouveau

— October 2015

Article read level: Art lover

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Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer, 1916,  Oil on canvas, 168x130cm.  Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Mizne-Blumenthal Collection © Tel Aviv Museum of Art

How did the son of a goldsmith become a portrait painter who bridged modernism and Art Nouveau? This 'magnificent publishing achievement' tells all

Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings edited by Tobias G. Natter

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was born the son of a goldsmith and gained an appreciation of valuable materials and meticulous craftsmanship from his family and his training in Vienna. He became one of the leading painters of decorative murals in public buildings but found himself gravitating to the darker, mysterious realms of Symbolism. He was one of the founders of the Viennese...

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