June 28, 2014 · 2:00 PM
Let's have a fresh look at Gustav Klimt, principal and wildly gifted founder of the Vienna Secession. Active at the turn of the 20th century, Klimpt is most famous for singlehandedly reinterpreting Byzantine aesthetic in a thoroughly modernist idiom. His artwork is visually incongruous, intricately decorative, overtly sensual and mystical. Gustav Klimt authored some of the most revealing and provocative female portraiture of all time. His style is often classified as symbolist - aiming to "clothe the ideal in the perceptible form" so as to capture the reality of the effect an object / subject produces rather than the object itself. As always, we will look at the artwork and discuss technique, perceptible aesthetic principles, and overall relevance.