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The prince of decadence

Looking at Klimt in a whole new light: a groundbreaking monograph

The countless events being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth make a clear statement to the enduring appreciation for the work of Gustav Klimt. Not that it takes such a special occasion for the press and the public to start talking about Klimt.

More than two hundred articles about the artist appeared online in August 2011 alone, in comparison with barely seventy on Rembrandt within the same period. This media publicity set editor Tobias G. Natter thinking about the value of compiling the present book. During his lifetime, Klimt was a controversial star whose works made passions run high; he stood for Modernism but he also embodied tradition. His pictures polarized and divided the art-loving world. Journalists and general public alike were split over the question: For or against Klimt?

The present book of TASCHEN therefore places particular emphasis upon the voices of Klimt’s contemporaries via a series of essays examining reactions to his work throughout his career. Subjects range from Klimt’s portrayal of women to his adoption of landscape painting in the second half of his life. The cliché that Gustav Klimt was a man of few words who rarely put pen to paper is vehemently dispelled: no less than 179 letters, cards, writings and other documents are included in this monograph. This wealth of archival material, assembled here for the first time on such a scale, represents a major contribution to Klimt scholarship.

Defining features of this edition:

  • Catalog of Klimt’s complete paintings
  • All known letter correspondence
  • Featuring new photographs of the Stoclet Frieze commissioned exclusively for this book

Contributing authors: Evelyn Benesch, Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Christoph Grunenberg, Hansjörg Krug, Susanna Partsch, Angelina Pötschner and Michaela Reichel



“Gustav Klimt is perhaps best known for his use of gold leaf in intricate paintings. His life’s work is still celebrated today for the beauty, sense of sorrow and passion that he was able to capture in a single portrait. It has been 150 years since Klimt’s birth and the launch of his complete works reveals his ideas and creative genius in one impressive volume.”- The Mayfair Magazine, London, United States

“Guaranteed to work up a fervour.”- Harpers Bazaar, London, United Kingdom

„Die neue Monografie zeigt auf 660 Seiten Klimts Gemälde in voller Pracht und Detailausschnitten.”- Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany

«Au cœur de Klimt. 2012 célèbre le 150e anniversaire de la naissance de Gustav Klimt. C’est à cette occasion que paraît un incroyable ouvrage de 600 pages sur le peintre, son parcours, son œuvre, sa popularité et ses controverses. Le livre comprend également l’intégralité de la correspondance connue de Klimt.»- La Marseillaise, Marseille, France

“This is the year of Klimt, as the artist posthumously celebrated his 150th birthday, and what better way to mark the occasion than with the definitive collection of his sensuous gilded paintings, and re-prints of all the artist’s known letter correspondence.”- Artinfo.com, United States

«La Biblia del klimtadicto se publica en Septiembre, de la mano de la editorial TASCHEN. Gustav Klimt. The complete paintings (Tobias G. Natter, 150 €) es una monografía que intenta capturar toda la complejidad del artista, presente en obras como Serpientes de agua o Retrato de Emilie Flöge. Diferentes ensayos hablan de su estilo, su obsesión por el cuerpo femenino y su pasión tardía por el paisajismo.»- Mujerhoy, ABC,Madrid, Spain

„Wir schwelgen im Goldrausch: Im Bildband Gustav Klimt. Sämtliche Gemälde mit den prunkvollen Werken des österreichischen Malers!”- Meins, Hamburg, Germany

«¿Conoces a alguien que no le gusten las pinturas de Klimt? El vienés que más suspiros de admiración se ha llevado está siendo especialmente recordado este año por su 150 aniversario de su nacimiento. Para celebrarlo, la editorial TASCHEN publica el exquisito coffe table book Gustav Klimt Obra Pictórica Completa que incluye -además de sus cuadros- una buena cantidad de documentos y cartas que profundizan en la personalidad del artista.»- Woman, Barcelona, Spain


Tobias G. Natter studied art history and history at the universities of Innsbruck, Munich, and Vienna. He worked at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna for fifteen years. From 2001-2002 he was curator of the Neue Galerie in New York. From 2006 to 2011 he directed the Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz and was responsible for the museum’s new premises and the reorganization of the collection. Since October 2011 he has been the director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. His extensive publications and his conception and organization of exhibitions on the theme of “Vienna around 1900″ have made him an internationally acknowledged expert on Viennese art at the turn of the century.

Gustav Klimt: The Complete Paintings

Tobias G. Natter

Hardcover, 29 x 39,5 cm, 676 pages, € 150

ISBN 978-3-8365-2796-5

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-2795-8

Edition: English

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