The enduring popularity of Gustav Klimt as a sketch artist owes much to the breathtaking sensuality of his female nudes.
Gustav Klimt, Half-portrait of a lady in black, with plumed hat,1907/08 Gustav Klimt, Half-portrait of a lady in black, with plumed hat, 1907/08
"Klimt - Drawings" provides a memorable insight into Gustav Klimt's versatility, as the Albertina presents the majority of the works in its acclaimed and comprehensive collection of 170 drawings by Klimt. This special anniversary exhibition also draws on world-class loan exhibits taken from Austrian and international collections. The definitive catalogue documenting all of Gustav Klimt's drawings was compiled at the Albertina, and continues to be updated to this day.
A broad range of figural studies, preparatory sketches for murals and vivid allegorical works is also on display. Klimt was a master of using basic media such as chalk, lead and colored pencils, and occasionally quill pens, watercolors and gold paint, to fascinating effect. Several series of figural studies that Klimt produced as background work for his major allegorical paintings and portraits are on show at the Albertina. These drawings explore the essence of various positions, movements or moods, and each one of them has its own special intrinsic value.
Series such as these are seldom put on display, but they give a rare and far-reaching insight into the working practices and creative universe of the artist, who almost never commented on his own work.
Klimt - Drawings
March 14 – June 10, 2012