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KLIMT AND HIS CAT by Bérénice Capatti

KLIMT AND HIS CAT

By Bérénice Capatti (Author) , Octavia Monaco (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8028-5282-3
Publisher: Eerdmans

This quirky distillation of Klimt’s essence is particularly notable for its luminous, gold-leafed multimedia paintings that effectively evoke the Viennese Secessionist painter’s individualistic style (Danae, 1907 and The Kiss, 1908). Bologna-based Monaco is a recent winner of Italy’s Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration. Unfortunately debut author Capatti’s conceit—Klimt’s life and art through the eyes of his cat, Katze—is sometimes a bit hard to take. Katze takes readers inside the studio and introduces them to Klimt’s inner circle and sources of artistic inspiration. As Katze’s narrative is more than a bit precious, and the eroticism inherent in Klimt’s work is a better match for YAs, this beautifully produced work might find its most enthusiastic audience among the denizens of museum gift shops. However, Monaco’s illustrations are so unique that libraries with strong artistic picture-book collections won’t want to pass this by. (Picture book. 9+)