giovedì 18 agosto 2016

Gustav Klimt (Vienna, 14 luglio 1862 – Neubau, 6 febbraio 1918) Austrian painter

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt (Vienna, 14 luglio 1862 – Neubau, 6 febbraio 1918) è stato un pittore austriaco, uno dei più significativi artisti della secessione viennese.

Biografia

Giovinezza e formazione artistica

Gustav Klimt nacque il 14 luglio 1862 a Baumgarten, quartiere di Vienna, secondo di sette fratelli (tre femmine e quattro maschi): il padre Ernst Klimt, nativo della Boemia, era un orafo, mentre la madre, Anna Finster (1836-1915), era una donna colta e versata nella musica lirica. Tutti i figli maschi della famiglia Klimt riveleranno in futuro una forte inclinazione per l'arte: i fratelli minori di Gustav, Ernst e Georg, diverranno anch'essi pittori.
Malgrado le pressanti ristrettezze economiche, nel 1876 il quattordicenne Gustav venne ammesso a frequentare la scuola d'arte e mestieri dell'Austria (Kunstgewerbeschule), dove studiò arte applicata fino al 1883, cominciando a informare personali orientamenti di gusto e imparando a padroneggiare diverse tecniche artistiche, dal mosaico alla ceramica, nel rispetto dei canoni accademici e della storia dell'arte del passato; fondamentale fu qui l'influenza esercitata da Ferdinand Laufberger e Hans Makart, sui quali condusse i primi studi. I frutti di tanto arricchimento non poterono tardare: già tre anni dopo, al giovine Gustav venne commissionata la decorazione del cortile del Kunsthistorisches Museum, su progetto dello stesso Laufberger. Da questo momento in poi, gli incarichi iniziarono a moltiplicarsi: nel 1880 dipinse le quattro allegorie del Palazzo Sturany a Vienna e il soffitto della Kurhaus di Karlsbad, mentre tra il 1886 e il 1888 si dedicò, con il fratello e l'amico, alla decorazione del Burgtheater, in una serie di pannelli raffiguranti teatri dell'antichità o del mondo contemporaneo. I tre iniziarono a guadagnare ben presto notorietà negli ambienti artistici, e le commissioni dei primi ritratti garantiranno loro discreto successo e tranquillità economica.
A testimonianza del suo riconoscimento artistico, nel 1888 Klimt ricevette un riconoscimento ufficiale dall'imperatore Francesco Giuseppe, e le università di Monaco e Vienna lo nominano membro onorario. Nel 1892, a pochi mesi dalla morte del padre, anche il fratello Ernst morì improvvisamente: a questi lutti, che lasciarono un segno profondo anche nella sua produzione artistica, seguirono ben sei anni d'inattività. Nello stesso periodo avvenne l'incontro con Emilie Flöge che, pur essendo a conoscenza delle relazioni che il pittore intratteneva con altre donne (negli anni novanta del XIX secolo Klimt sarà il padre riconosciuto di almeno quattordici figli), gli sarà compagna fino alla morte.

L'astro del secessionismo viennese

Sempre più in contrasto con i rigidi canoni accademici, nel 1897 Klimt fondò insieme ad altri diciannove artisti la Wiener Sezession (secessione viennese), attuando anche il progetto di un periodico-manifesto del gruppo, Ver Sacrum (Primavera sacra), del quale verranno pubblicati 96 numeri, fino al 1903. Gli artisti della Secessione aspiravano, oltre a portare l'arte al di fuori dei confini della tradizione accademica, in un florilegio di arti plastiche, design e architettura, anche a una rinascita delle arti e dei mestieri: non vi era uno stile prediletto, sicché sotto l'egida di questo gruppo si riunirono i simbolisti, i naturalisti e i modernisti. Il simbolo del Secessionismo era la Pallade Atena, dea greca della saggezza e delle buone cause, che Klimt raffigurerà nel 1898 in uno dei suoi capolavori.
Nel 1894 l'università di Vienna commissionò all'artista la decorazione del soffitto dell'aula magna sul tema illuminista del trionfo della Luce sulle Tenebre, da sviluppare su tre facoltà: Filosofia, Medicina e Giurisprudenza. I lavori furono rimandati per anni e, quando i pannelli vennero presentati, vennero rifiutati e aspramente criticati dai committenti, che avevano immaginato una sobria rappresentazione del progresso della cultura, ma che si ritrovarono un turbinio di corpi sensuali. Noncurante delle critiche, in quel giro d'anni Klimt realizzò anche il Fregio di Beethoven, concepito per la quattordicesima mostra secessionista viennese, allestita dall'aprile al giugno 1902 nei locali del Palazzo della Secessione: questo trionfo di immagini visionarie, enigmatiche, dionisiache che sottintende le angosce e le aspirazioni dell'uomo moderno è una delle migliori testimonianze del genio provocatore di Klimt, che da lì a poco verrà travolto dall'uragano artistico da egli stesso causato.

Il periodo aureo

Nel 1903 Klimt si recò due volte a Ravenna, dove conobbe lo sfarzo dei mosaici bizantini: l'oro musivo, eco dei lavori del padre e del fratello in oreficeria, gli suggerì un nuovo modo di trasfigurare la realtà e modulare le parti piatte e plastiche con passaggi tonali, dall'opaco al brillante. Fu dal connubio tra la ricchezza dei mosaici ravennati e i neonati Wiener Werkstatte (Laboratori Viennesi) ai quali l'artista si avvicinò tornato in patria che nacquero alcuni dei capolavori klimtiani più celebri: Giuditta I (1901), il Ritratto di Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) e Il bacio (1907-08) sono tutte opere dove Klimt si presenta convertito all'oro di Bisanzio.
È il dominio dell'oro che contraddistingue le tele del cosiddetto «periodo aureo» o «dorato» di Klimt, che è ormai prossimo ai quarant'anni. Altre peculiarità delle opere del periodo aureo sono la spiccata bidimensionalità del loro stile, che si arricchisce dando maggiore risalto al linearismo e alle campiture, l'impiego di pregnanti simbolismi e la prevalenza di figure femminili, che il pennello di Klimt ricolma di un armonioso erotismo. Al periodo aureo appartengono numerose opere dell'artista viennese: di queste, oltre quelle già citate, degne di nota sono Le Tre Età della Donna (1905), la Danae (1907-1908) e L'Albero della Vita (1905-1909), a sua volta facente parte del più ampio progetto decorativo di palazzo Stoclet.
Il periodo aureo si chiuse nel 1909 con l'esecuzione di Giuditta II, seconda raffigurazione dell'eroina ebrea che liberò la propria città dalla dominazione assira: l'opera, caratterizzata da cromie più scure e forti, darà infatti avvio al cosiddetto «periodo maturo» dell'artista.

Il periodo maturo e la morte

Dopo la stesura di Giuditta II, nel 1909, Klimt ebbe un periodo di crisi esistenziale e artistica. Il mito della Belle Époque era ormai giunto al tramonto, così come i fasti dell'Impero austro-ungarico, che collasserà definitivamente con lo scoppio della prima guerra mondiale. Analogamente, Klimt iniziò a mettere in discussione la legittimità della propria arte, soprattutto quando venne a contatto con la produzione di artisti come Van Gogh, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec: dal punto di vista stilistico, il «periodo maturo» (o «terza fase klimtiana») è caratterizzato dalla fusione di queste influenze e dall'abbandono del fulgore dell'oro e delle eleganti linee art nouveau. Determinante per questa contaminazione fu anche l'incontro con la pittura espressionista, che in ambito viennese trovò due grandi interpreti: Egon Schiele e Oskar Kokoschka, già suoi allievi. Notevole fu anche il decisivo influsso esercitato dall'Impressionismo, che emerge nei diversi paesaggi che Klimt dipinse in questo periodo, che ricordano molto da vicino la maniera di Claude Monet.
Scopo di Klimt in questo periodo, infatti, era quello di ricercare una modalità espressiva meno sofisticata e più spontanea: egli rispose a quest'esigenza adottando una tavolozza più colorata, con cromatismi più accesi, e minimizzando (come già accennato) l'uso dell'oro e delle linee. Nonostante i profondi mutamenti di questi anni, l'artista viennese fu espositore alla Biennale di Venezia nel 1910, vincendo pure nel 1911 il primo premio dell'Esposizione Internazionale di Arte di Roma con Le Tre Età della Donna.
L'attività di Klimt si interruppe l'11 gennaio 1918 quando, di ritorno da un viaggio in Romania, fu colto da un insulto apoplettico che lo condusse alla morte il 6 febbraio dello stesso anno.




The Kiss - Gustav Klimt 1907–1908



Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.
Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his "golden phase," many of which include gold leaf. Klimt's work was an important influence on his younger contemporary Egon Schiele.

Life and work

Early life and education

Gustav Klimt was born in Baumgarten, near Vienna in Austria-Hungary, the second of seven children—three boys and four girls. His mother, Anna Klimt (née Finster), had an unrealized ambition to be a musical performer. His father, Ernst Klimt the Elder, formerly from Bohemia, was a gold engraver. All three of their sons displayed artistic talent early on. Klimt's younger brothers were Ernst Klimt and Georg Klimt.
Klimt lived in poverty while attending the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule), where he studied architectural painting until 1883. He revered Vienna's foremost history painter of the time, Hans Makart. Klimt readily accepted the principles of a conservative training; his early work may be classified as academic. In 1877 his brother, Ernst, who, like his father, would become an engraver, also enrolled in the school. The two brothers and their friend, Franz Matsch, began working together and by 1880 they had received numerous commissions as a team that they called the "Company of Artists". They also helped their teacher in painting murals in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals and ceilings in large public buildings on the Ringstraße, including a successful series of "Allegories and Emblems".
In 1888 Klimt received the Golden Order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria for his contributions to murals painted in the Burgtheater in Vienna. He also became an honorary member of the University of Munich and the University of Vienna. In 1892 Klimt's father and brother Ernst both died, and he had to assume financial responsibility for his father's and brother's families. The tragedies also affected his artistic vision and soon he would move towards a new personal style. Characteristic of his style at the end of the 19th century is the inclusion of Nuda Veritas (nude truth) as a symbolic figure in some of his works, including Ancient Greece and Egypt (1891), Pallas Athene (1898) and Nuda Veritas (1899). Historians believe that Klimt with the nuda veritas denounced both the policy of the Habsburgs and the Austrian society, which ignored all political and social problems of that time. In the early 1890s Klimt met Emilie Louise Flöge (a sibling of his sister-in-law) who was to be his companion until the end of his life. His painting, The Kiss (1907–08), is thought to be an image of them as lovers. He designed many costumes she created and modeled in his works.
During this period Klimt fathered at least fourteen children.

Vienna secession year

Klimt became one of the founding members and president of the Wiener Sezession (Vienna Secession) in 1897 and of the group's periodical, Ver Sacrum ("Sacred Spring"). He remained with the Secession until 1908. The goals of the group were to provide exhibitions for unconventional young artists, to bring the works of the best foreign artists to Vienna, and to publish its own magazine to showcase the work of members. The group declared no manifesto and did not set out to encourage any particular style—Naturalists, Realists, and Symbolists all coexisted. The government supported their efforts and gave them a lease on public land to erect an exhibition hall. The group's symbol was Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of just causes, wisdom, and the arts—of whom Klimt painted his radical version in 1898.

In 1894, Klimt was commissioned to create three paintings to decorate the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna. Not completed until the turn of the century, his three paintings, Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence were criticized for their radical themes and material, and were called "pornographic". Klimt had transformed traditional allegory and symbolism into a new language that was more overtly sexual and hence more disturbing to some. The public outcry came from all quarters—political, aesthetic and religious. As a result, the paintings (seen in gallery below) were not displayed on the ceiling of the Great Hall. This would be the last public commission accepted by the artist.

All three paintings were destroyed by retreating SS forces in May 1945.
His Nuda Veritas (1899) defined his bid to further "shake up" the establishment. The starkly naked red-headed woman holds the mirror of truth, while above her is a quotation by Friedrich Schiller in stylized lettering, "If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please only a few. To please many is bad."
In 1902, Klimt finished the Beethoven Frieze for the Fourteenth Vienna Secessionist exhibition, which was intended to be a celebration of the composer and featured a monumental polychrome sculpture by Max Klinger. Intended for the exhibition only, the frieze was painted directly on the walls with light materials. After the exhibition the painting was preserved, although it was not displayed again until 1986. The face on the Beethoven portrait resembled the composer and Vienna Court Opera director Gustav Mahler.
During this period Klimt did not confine himself to public commissions. Beginning in the late 1890s he took annual summer holidays with the Flöge family on the shores of Attersee and painted many of his landscapes there. These landscapes constitute the only genre aside from figure painting that seriously interested Klimt. In recognition of his intensity, the locals called him Waldschrat ("Forest demon").
Klimt's Attersee paintings are of sufficient number and quality as to merit separate appreciation. Formally, the landscapes are characterized by the same refinement of design and emphatic patterning as the figural pieces. Deep space in the Attersee works is flattened so efficiently to a single plane, that it is believed that Klimt painted them by using a telescope.

Golden phase and critical success

Klimt's 'Golden Phase' was marked by positive critical reaction and financial success. Many of his paintings from this period included gold leaf. Klimt had previously used gold in his Pallas Athene (1898) and Judith I (1901), although the works most popularly associated with this period are the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907–08).
Klimt travelled little, but trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, most likely inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery. In 1904, he collaborated with other artists on the lavish Palais Stoclet, the home of a wealthy Belgian industrialist that was one of the grandest monuments of the Art Nouveau age. Klimt's contributions to the dining room, including both Fulfillment and Expectation, were some of his finest decorative works, and as he publicly stated, "probably the ultimate stage of my development of ornament."
In 1905, Klimt created a painted portrait of Margarete Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein's sister, on the occasion of her marriage. Then, between 1907 and 1909, Klimt painted five canvases of society women wrapped in fur. His apparent love of costume is expressed in the many photographs of Flöge modeling clothing he had designed.
As he worked and relaxed in his home, Klimt normally wore sandals and a long robe with no undergarments. His simple life was somewhat cloistered, devoted to his art, family, and little else except the Secessionist Movement. He avoided café society and seldom socialized with other artists. Klimt's fame usually brought patrons to his door and he could afford to be highly selective. His painting method was very deliberate and painstaking at times and he required lengthy sittings by his subjects. Although very active sexually, he kept his affairs discreet and he avoided personal scandal.
Klimt wrote little about his vision or his methods. He wrote mostly postcards to Flöge and kept no diary. In a rare writing called "Commentary on a non-existent self-portrait", he states "I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women... There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures."
In 1901 Herman Bahr wrote, in his Speech on Klimt: "Just as only a lover can reveal to a man what life means to him and develop its innermost significance, I feel the same about these paintings."

Later life and posthumous success

In 1911 his painting Death and Life received first prize in the world exhibitions in Rome. In 1915 Anna, his mother, died. Klimt died three years later in Vienna on February 6, 1918, having suffered a stroke and pneumonia due to the worldwide influenza epidemic of that year. He was buried at the Hietzinger Cemetery in Hietzing, Vienna. Numerous paintings by him were left unfinished.
Klimt's paintings have brought some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art. In November 2003, Klimt's Landhaus am Attersee sold for $29,128,000, but that sale was soon eclipsed by prices paid for other Klimts.
In 2006, the 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was purchased for the Neue Galerie New York by Ronald Lauder reportedly for US $135 million, surpassing Picasso's 1905 Boy With a Pipe (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million), as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.
On August 7, 2006, Christie's auction house announced it was handling the sale of the remaining four works by Klimt that were recovered by Maria Altmann and her co-heirs after their long legal battle against Austria (see Republic of Austria v. Altmann). Her struggle became the subject of the film the Woman in Gold, a movie inspired by Stealing Klimt, the documentary featuring Maria Altmann herself. The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II was sold at auction in November 2006 for $88 million, the third-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time. The Apple Tree I (ca. 1912) sold for $33 million, Birch Forest (1903) sold for $40.3 million, and Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter (1916) sold for $31 million. Collectively, the five restituted paintings netted more than $327 million. The painting Litzlberg am Attersee was auctioned for $40.4 million at Sotheby's in November 2011.
The city of Vienna, Austria had many special exhibitions commemorating the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth in 2012.

Folios

Gustav Klimt: Das Werk

The only folio set produced in Klimt's lifetime, Das Werk Gustav Klimts, was published initially by H. O. Miethke (of Gallerie Miethke, Klimt's exclusive gallery in Vienna) from 1908 to 1914 in an edition of 300, supervised personally by the artist. Fifty images depicting Klimt's most important paintings (1893–1913) were reproduced using collotype lithography and mounted on a heavy, cream-colored wove paper with deckled edges. Thirty-one of the images (ten of which are multicolored) are printed on Chine-collé. The remaining nineteen are high quality halftones prints. Each piece was marked with a unique signet—designed by Klimt—which was impressed into the wove paper in gold metallic ink. The prints were issued in groups of ten to subscribers, in unbound black paper folders embossed with Klimt's name. Because of the delicate nature of collotype lithography, as well as the necessity for multicolored prints (a feat difficult to reproduce with collotypes), and Klimt's own desire for perfection, the series that was published in mid-1908 was not completed until 1914.
Each of the fifty prints was categorized among five themes:
  1. Allegorical (which included multicolored prints of The Golden Knight, 1903 and The Virgin, c. 1912)
  2. Erotic-Symbolist (Water Serpents I and II, both c. 1907–08 and The Kiss, c. 1908)
  3. Landscapes (Farm Garden with Sunflowers, c. 1912)
  4. Mythical or Biblical (Pallas Athena, 1898; Judith and The Head of Holofernes, 1901; and Danaë, c. 1908)
  5. Portraits (Emilie Flöge, 1902)
The monochrome collotypes as well as the halftone works were printed with a variety of colored inks ranging from sepia to blue and green. Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria was the first to purchase a folio set of Das Werk Gustav Klimts in 1908.

Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen

Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen ("Twenty-five Drawings") was released the year after Klimt's death. Many of the drawings in the collection were erotic in nature and just as polarizing as his painted works. Published in Vienna in 1919 by Gilhofer & Ranschburg, the edition of 500 features twenty-five monochrome and two-color collotype reproductions, nearly indistinguishable from the original works. While the set was released a year after Klimt's death, some art historians suspect he was involved with production planning due to the meticulous nature of the printing (Klimt had overseen the production of the plates for Das Werk Gustav Klimts, making sure each one was to his exact specifications, a level of quality carried through similarly in Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen). The first ten editions also each contained an original Klimt drawing.
Many of the works contained in this volume depict erotic scenes of nude women, some of whom are masturbating alone or are coupled in sapphic embraces. When a number of the original drawings were exhibited to the public, at Gallerie Miethke in 1910 and the International Exhibition of Prints and Drawings in Vienna in 1913, they were met by critics and viewers who were hostile towards Klimt's contemporary perspective. There was an audience for Klimt's erotic drawings, however, and fifteen of his drawings were selected by Viennese poet Franz Blei for his translation of Hellenistic satirist Lucian's Dialogues of the Courteseans. The book, limited to 450 copies, provided Klimt the opportunity to show these more lurid depictions of women and avoided censorship thanks to an audience composed of a small group of (mostly male) affluent patrons.

Gustav Klimt An Aftermath

Composed in 1931 by editor Max Eisler and printed by the Austrian State Printing Office, Gustav Klimt An Aftermath was intended to complete the lifetime folio Das Werk Gustav Klimts. The folio contains thirty colored collotypes (fourteen of which are multicolored) and follows a similar format found in Das Werk Gustav Klimts, replacing the unique Klimt-designed signets with gold-debossed plate numbers. One hundred and fifty sets were produced in English, with twenty of them (Nos. I–XX) presented as a "gala edition" bound in gilt leather. The set contains detailed images from previously released works (Hygeia from the University Mural Medicine, 1901; a section of the third University Mural Jurisprudence, 1903), as well as the unfinished paintings (Adam and Eve, Bridal Progress).

Legacy

Visual art

According to the writer Frank Whitford: "Klimt of course, is an important artist—he's a very popular artist—but in terms of the history of art, he's a very unimportant artist. Although he sums up so much in his work, about the society in which he found himself—in art historical terms his effect was negligible. So he's an artist really in a cul-de-sac." Klimt's work had a strong influence on the paintings of Egon Schiele, with whom he would collaborate to found the Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) in 1917, to try to keep local artists from going abroad. Artists who reinterpreted Klimt's work include Slovak artist Rudolf Fila.

Cultural influence

Writers who have been inspired by Klimt include the Romanian poet Sebastian Reichmann, who in 2008 published a book called Mocheta lui Klimt (Klimt's Carpet). As the author says in an interview, and in one of the poems from the book, the title was inspired by a carpet that reminded him of Klimt's paintings. The book's front cover depicts an Art Nouveau-styled passage from Bucharest. South Korean novelist Kim Young-ha frequently refers to Klimt, particularly Judith, in his first novel I Have The Right To Destroy Myself. One of the main characters in this novel is referred to by the other characters as Judith because of her resemblance to Klimt's painting.
"Klimt" is a musical composition by Claudio Ottaviano Trio included in the album Notturno (NuomRecords 2013). Japanese rock band Buck-Tick based the cover artwork of their 2012 album, Yume Miru Uchuu, on Klimt's Gold Fish.
Several of Klimt's most famous works from his golden period inspired the title sequence for the animated adaptation of the manga series, Elfen Lied, in which the art is recreated to fit with the series' own characters and is arranged as a montage with the song "Lilium". The opening to the anime Sound of the Sky also is largely inspired by Klimt's works, which was also directed by the same director as Elfen Lied. The design of the land of Centopia on the TV series Mia and Me is inspired by Klimt's works. The art of the video game Transistor also uses patterns and embellishments inspired by Klimt.
Couturier John Galliano found inspiration for the Christian Dior Spring-Summer 2008 haute couture collection in Klimt's work.
Gustav Klimt and his work have been the subjects of many collector coins and medals, such as the 100 Euro Painting Gold Coin, issued on November 5, 2003, by the Austrian Mint. The obverse depicts Klimt in his studio with two unfinished paintings on easels.[citation needed]

Commemoration of 150th anniversary of birth

In addition to the permanent exhibitions on display, the city of Vienna, Austria celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Klimt with special exhibitions throughout the city. Guided walking tours through the city allowed people to see some of the buildings where Klimt worked.
Google commemorated Gustav Klimt with a Google doodle celebrating Klimt's painting The Kiss on his 150th birthday, 14 July 2012.
In 2012, the Austrian Mint began a five-coin gold series to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth. The first 50 Euro gold coin was issued on January 25, 2012 and featured a portrait of Klimt on the obverse and a portion of his painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer.

Gustav Klimt Foundation

In 2013, the Gustav Klimt Foundation was set up by Ursula Ucicky, widow of Klimt's illegitimate son Gustav Ucicky, with a mission to "preserve and disseminate Gustav Klimt's legacy." The managing director of the Leopold Museum, Peter Weinhäupl, was appointed as Chairman of the foundation. As a reaction, the museum's director Tobias G. Natter resigned in protest, citing Ucicky's past as a Nazi propaganda film-maker.

Ownership battle

  • National Public Radio reported on January 17, 2006 that "The Austrian National Gallery is being compelled by a national arbitration board to return five paintings by Gustav Klimt to a Los Angeles woman, the heir of a Jewish family that had its art stolen by the Nazis. The paintings are estimated to be worth at least $150 million." This incident was subsequently made into a Hollywood movie, Woman in Gold.
Seated male nude, looking to the left, signed, dated “Gustav Klimt den 5/12, 879”, pencil on paper, 42 x 26.7 cm
Gustav Klimt


Gustav Klimt 1883

Allegory of skulpture 1889
Gustav Klimt

Idylle, 1884, Wien, Historisches Museum
 
Theater in Taormina, 1886/88, Wien, Burgtheater

Sappho, um 1888/90, Wien, Historisches Museum

Der Blinde (The Blind Man) 1896, Leopold Museum
Gustav Klimt


 “Nuda Veritas”, 1898.

Klimt - Pallas Athene 1898

Stiller Weiher (Egelsee bei Golling, Salzburg) (Tranquil Pond) 1899, Leopold Museum
Gustav Klimt

“Nuda Veritas”, 1899.
 
 Judith and the Head of Holofernes, 1901. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Gustav Klimt

Klimt - Goldfische - 1901-02

 Klimt - Die Leiden der schwachen Menschen 1902

 Klimt, Gustav: Beethovenfries 1902

Klimt, Gustav: Beethovenfries 1902

 
Klimt, Gustav: Bildnis Emilie Flöge 1902

Klimt - Hoffnung I - 1903

Portrait of Hermine Gallia, 1904. National Gallery, London
Gustav Klimt
 
 Liegender weiblicher Halbakt, den Kopf in die Beuge des linken Armes gelegt, 1905, Österreich, Privatsammlung
 
 Akt einer älteren Frau, 1905, Wien, Grafische Sammlung Albertina
 
The Three Ages of Woman, 1905, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
Gustav Klimt
 
Gustav Klimt - Zwei auf dem Rücken liegende Akte - ca1906
 
Portrait of Fritza Riedler 1906 
Gustav Klimt
 
Danaë, 1907. Private Collection, Vienna
Gustav Klimt
 
 
Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), which sold for a record $135 million in 2006, Neue Galerie, New York
Gustav Klimt
 
Philosophie 1899–1907. Destroyed 1945
Gustav Klimt
 
Medicine (detail) 1899–1907. Destroyed 1945
Gustav Klimt

Jurisprudence 1899–1907. Destroyed 1945
Gustav Klimt

 Hope II, 1907–08, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Gustav Klimt
 
1905–1909 – Tree of Life (carton/panel, 138.8 cm × 102 cm)
 
 
Judith II (1909)
 
 Gustav Klimt 1910
 
 Auf dem Bauch Liegende, 1909–1910, Österreich, Privatsammlung
 
 Sitzende mit Hut, der das Gesicht verdeckt, 1911, Österreich, Privatsammlung
 
 
Klimt, Gustav: Bildnis Adele Bloch-Bauer II 1912
 
 
 Mäda Gertrude Primavesi, 1912, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City 
Gustav Klimt
 
 Avenue in Schloss Kammer Park, 1912, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna 
Gustav Klimt
 
Kirche in Cassone, 1913, Graz, Privatbesitz
 
 Eugenia Primavesi (1913–14)
 Gustav Klimt
 
 Klimt-missionaires 1914
 
 Gustav Klimt - Death and Life 1910/15

“Ritratto di Friederike Maria Beer”, 1916.

Frau bei der Selbstbefriedigung (Masturbation), 1916
Gustav Klimt


 Girlfriends or Two Women Friends, 1916–17, (Galerie Welz, Salzburg, later destroyed)
Gustav Klimt
 
Die Tänzerin, um 1916/18, Paris, Privatbesitz
 
 Klimt, Gustav: Die Braut 1917/18
 
 Auf dem Rücken mit hochgezogenem Hemd Liegende, 1917–1918, Österreich, Privatsammlung

“Donna con ventaglio”, 1918.


Adam and Eve Gustav Klimt

 Klimt - Liegender Halbakt

 

Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge in the garden of Villa Oleander in Kammer on Lake Atersee, 1908. © IMAGNO/Austrian Archives

 Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge

  Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss
Klimt's Death and Life
The Magic of Line: Gustav Klimt's Artistic Process on YouTube, Getty Museum

 

  

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