Author(s): Rachel Barnes
Though controversial in his time, Gustav Klimt's works are today recognized as masterpieces. The Byzantine luxuriance of form, the vivid juxtaposition of colours and the rich symbolism, sensuality and eroticism of his work have made the artist one of the most popular in the world. In this lavish volume his most important and iconic works are arranged thematically, and accompanied by Rachel Barnes' expert commentary on all aspects of the artist's life, influences and paintings - from the inspiration and provenance of each painting, to the technique used to create it and a list of exhibitions. Interspersed with gold pages and featuring some of the most iconic artworks of the late 19th/early 20th centuries in spectacular giant-size - including Judith I, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss - this special edition presents Klimt's work in exquisite detail.
Rachel Barnes is an art historian who has worked as art critic for the Guardian and Independent. She is a lecturer at the National Gallery and Tate and has written a number of books on 19th-century art including the bestselling The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World (Tate). Her interest in Klimt developed when she wrote a thesis on the work of Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt.