Gustav Klimt

Drawings & Watercolours



ISBN: 9780500238264 Category:

Rainer Metzger


There can be no doubt about Klimt’s greatness as a draughtsman. Remarkable above all is the intensely sensual mood that he establishes in his limpid, fluid drawings and watercolours.

Rainer Metzger brings together hundreds of Klimt’s works on paper in a way that enriches our knowledge of the artist and enhances the visual impact of his oeuvre. Many revolve around Klimt’s taboo-breaking main themes – the naked woman, erotica and homoerotica – while others provide allegorical and historical insights. Between these two poles lie Klimt’s elegantly direct preparatory sketches and studies, tirelessly and manically executed – frameworks that would lay the foundations for his paintings.

This book is a fitting testament to a hitherto neglected aspect of Klimt’s art, which is as complex and contradictory as the times in which it was made and as the man who made it.

Additional information

Weight 1315 g
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 5 January 2006
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.9 cm
Weight 1315 g


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Rainer Metzger is a writer and cultural historian, and professor of art history at the Academy of Karlsruhe, Germany. His books include Vincent van Gogh:The Complete Paintings (1996) and Gustav Klimt: Drawings and Watercolours (2005). He lives in Vienna.