Gustav Klimt


My tutor recommended that I look at Klimt’s landscapes, and I have borrowed a book from the library.  I had only ever seen Klimt’s portraits, so I found it very interesting to discover his landscapes and tree-scape works.  His style is unusual, with lots of dots of colour building up large areas on the page.

Beech forest 1, 1902 (1 x 1 metre).  This painting has a wonderful sense of depth, it is excellent for recreating the complexities of a view like this.  I like the way the forest floor is made up of all the dots of colour.


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Pear tree, 1903 (100 x 100 cm), is a wonderful overwhelming  painting.  Klimt captures the hugeness of the tree, and paints every individual leaf.  If you look into the foliage portion of this image it seems to become a two dimensional pattern of spots.  It is very effective because it fills the space, the upper half of the image draws your attention, and then afterwards you look down and see off through the orchard and you get an idea of distance.

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Below are some figure drawings which I thought would be relevant to the part of the course I am studying now.

Study for The Virgin, 1913.  (Pencil, 56.6 x 37cm.)  This drawing is mostly outline, showing the curves of the legs and arms, and the frills of a dress.  It also shows foreshortening.

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Below, Study for a portrait of Adele Blochbauer, (black crayon).  This is a good example of a figure wearing clothes.  This figure wears an elaborate dress with frills and pleats, which Klimt draws in a way which captures the movement of the fabric.  It looks as if it was drawn quickly, with quick marks.


Below: Six poster designs for Otto Wagner exhibition, 1914-16, pencil.  I thought these were good examples of thumbnail sketches, compositional ideas and pattern ideas.


Below is another example of a clothed figure, drawn with loose, wispy lines and hatching.  You can see structure and posture in the pose.  It is very effective with so few lines and marks, the attitude is all drawn in with the angles of the body.

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All these pictures are scanned from Alessandra Comini’s book “Gustav Klimt”.

The portrait photo at the top of the page is from



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