Klimt’s material is sort of solely the feminine body, naked or part clothed. For this he earned the reputation of erotic artist, and Even as he didn’t suffer the outright persecutions of his successors Schiele and Kokoschka, he was once however subjected to the rigors that a frankly erotic artist needed to go through in Vienna, where the on a regular basis subject of conversation was once the present love affairs of celebrities however where audiences were surprised via the sight of a dancer’s naked legs. A topic of Ver Sacrum which reproduced certainly one of his drawings was once confiscated via the authorities.
The drawings reveal above all that fear of serious draughtsmen from Michelangelo thru Blake the wedding of delicate grace and expressive dynamism that may be the human body. Like that of those two past masters, Klimt’s way is largely linear. He knew, as they did, that line, slightly than shading, the creation of extent or using colour, is the natural medium for expressing the liberty of the living human shape. As he matured as an artist there was once an increasing awareness of this and a better and larger spontaneity that approached, in any case, “the lightness of a internet of gauze.”
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