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Sale: 400 / Modern Art, Dec. 08. 2012 in Munich Lot 15

Lot description
Liebespaar. Um 1909.
Pencil drawing.
Strobl 1940. With estate stamp lower right. On creme simili Japon. 35 x 54,5 cm (13,7 x 21,4 in), size of sheet.

EXHIBITION: Gustav Klimt, The Piccadilly Gallery, London, October - November, 1973.
Gustav Klimt, Spence A. Samuels, New York 1974, cat. no. 62 (with illu.).

Gustav Klimt was born at the XIV district of Baumgarten in Vienna on 14 July 1862 as son of a gold engraver. In 1876 he began his studies at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule under the influence of the history painter Hans Makart, which was apparent in his first orders for theatre decorations and ceiling paintings. Soon Klimt received prizes for his works. At the turn of the century - he was just designing wall and ceiling decorations for the university - he developed a new two-dimensionally-ornamental, decorative style, which combines naturalistic details of bodies with abstract, colorful, mosaic-like patterns. His orderers protested resolutely and legal proceedings erupted. In 1905 Klimt was allowed to keep the designs in return of his payment. At the same time the Vienna Secession emerged and Klimt was a founding member and its first president from 1897 to 1905. In 1902 Klimt executed the famous Beethoven frieze for Josef Maria Olbrich's Secession building, which can still be visited in the basement of the building. In 1905 Klimt and a group of like-minded people left the Secession due to conflicts with the artist association's naturalistic wing. Klimt's motifs were partly provocatively erotic, partly playfully ornamental. He created impressing portraits, especially of ladies from the Viennese high society, but also intensively dense landscape paintings. Like no other artist and as the favourite of certain circles of the Viennese society of the ending monarchy he was able to depict the spirit of the feudal bourgeoisie with its aspirations to cultivate the aesthetic and its yearning for the pleasures of life at the Fin-de-Siècle.

I n his drawings Klimt reinterpreted the classic theme of the naked body, incomparable with the statue-like 19\up5 th century nude drawings at academies. His almost obsessive interest is on the sexually aroused body, his female figures are always strong, self-confident and sensuous women. In this drawing, belonging to the group of studies of love couple from 1909, the woman also occupies the active part in the erotic relation. The scene’s sexual tension is underlined by the room’s clever layout, the poised line and the eccentric economy of artistic and graphic means.

Klimt travelled extensively - one of his most important works is not in Austria, but in Brussels: he executed the decoration of the dining room in Josef Hoffmann's Palais Stoclet, a Gesamtkunstwerk of Viennese Art Nouveau. The artist's international approval was proven by numerous exhibitions and finally moved the conservative spirits, who honoured him: Although a professorship for Klimt was repeatedly refused, he became honorary member of the academies in Vienna and Munich. Gustav Klimt died of a stroke in his hometown Vienna on 6 February, 1918. [KD/JS].

Gustav Klimt
Liebespaar, 1909.
Pencil drawing
€ 35,000 / $ 40,250
€ 46,360 / $ 53.313

(incl. 22% surcharge)

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