GUSTAV KLIMT by Stephan Koja


A Painted Fairy Tale
Age Range: 12 & up
Email this review


Beautiful reproductions of the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt’s work can’t make up for the dry and sometimes nonsensical cataloguing of facts about Klimt and the fin de siècle art scene in Vienna. An observant young person might wonder why, for example, if the members of the Secession movement “wanted a completely new approach to art,” they would build an exhibition space that resembled a Roman temple. In the case of Klimt, perhaps the less one knows about the artist the better. That he lived with his mother and two sisters, had love affairs with his portrait subjects, wore a long, flowing smock which smelled, owing to its never being washed, and had a huge appetite are details that do not enhance the experience of viewing his magnificent paintings. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-3-7913-3704-3
Page count: 32pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007