Gustav Klimt drawings |
Gustav Klimt, “Portrait Of A Young Woman In A Tall Hat,” around 1916, Pencil on paper, 22 x 14.7 in., Provenance: Wally Wieselthier collection. Dr. Paul Goldscheider collection, London. Private collection, London

Gustav Klimt – Drawings
Shepherd W&K Galleries
New York, New York
Through July 18, 2018

From the gallery:
A leading exponent of the Jugendstil and founding member of the Vienna Secession, Gustav Klimt is ranked among Austria’s greatest painters. In his lifetime, Klimt was widely regarded as one of the most fashionable artists of the fin de siècle. On the occasion of the centenary of the artist’s death in 1918, W&K has mounted a special exhibition of Gustav Klimt drawings.

The sensuality that Gustav Klimt’s works convey remains powerfully vivid today. Unfazed by social convention, he reveals essential aspects of life, shedding light on the wide range of sexual desire, the experience of pregnancy, and the ineluctable realities of birth and death. Media and society harshly criticized and derided his depictions of body and soul. He exposed the hypocrisy of the Viennese public and encouraged his contemporaries to do the same. His work paved the way for the autonomous evolution of the Vienna art scene; decades later, its influence can still be felt in the Viennese Actionism of the 1960s.

Gustav Klimt drawings |
Gustav Klimt, Kneeling Semi-Nude, Study For “The Bride,” 1917-18, Pencil on paper, 19.7 x 12.8 in., Estate stamp at lower right, Provenance: Helene Popper Collection, Montreux. Dr. W. G. Fischer Collection, London

Many of the ca. 4,000 known authentic drawings by Gustav Klimt are in museums and private or public collections. The current exhibition presents ca. 40 works, including portraits, studies, and a sizable ensemble of nudes.

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