Klimt inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse

Klimt inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse

Klimt inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse

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Gustav Klimt’s encounter with modern European art set him on a new path, encouraging him to break away from the Viennese painting tradition and give free rein to his own creativity. Around 1900, the Vienna Secession, of which Klimt was co-founder and first president, presented the Austro-Hungarian capital with its first overview of the latest developments in European art. Each exhibition provided a new wave of inspiration, which Klimt enthusiastically embraced. He responded to these creative stimuli very directly, integrating them in his own work and making no attempt to conceal his sources of inspiration. So it was that elements of the art of Van Gogh, Matisse, Rodin, Whistler, Segantini and Monet became just as much a part of Klimt’s captivating style as his trademark gold leaf, ornament and eroticism.

This volume offers the first comprehensive survey of Gustav Klimt in the context of the European artists who inspired him.

‘Vienna, the city of art with a small-town mentality, will at last become a Greater Vienna, a genuine New Vienna!’ – Author Ludwig Hevesi, 1906


Paperback, 240 pages. Available in English and Dutch. Authors: Edwin Becker, Markus Fellinger, Lisa Smit, Renske Suijver (eds.), Stephanie Auer and Marian Bisanz-Prakken.

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Van Gogh Museum | Museum Belvedere | Uitgeverij Tijdsbeeld
30 cm
23 cm
2 cm
978-94-93070-42-4 (EN)

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