By Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Désirée de Chair, Elizabeth Clegg, and Jane Kallir
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and his younger protégé Egon Schiele (1890–1918) are considered two of the greatest figures of Austrian Modernism. Whether inspiring or competing with one another, together they reconfigured the way the human body was translated into art. Although both artists are primarily remembered as painters, between them they left 7,000 drawings, many of the greatest of which are now in the collection of the Albertina Museum, Vienna.
In 1908 Egon Schiele - then a restless art student - first encountered the work of Gustav Klimt at the Viennese Kunstschau. Towards the end of 1910, the two men met and began a mutual exchange of ideas and drawings, which would continue until their deaths in 1918.
This volume accompanied a remarkable exhibition at the Royal Academy in London (November 4, 2018 to February 3, 2019) which considered Klimt and Schiele in their capacity as outstanding draughtsmen, illustrated with over a hundred drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna. These erotic, intriguing and sometimes disturbing works electrified early 20th-century Vienna, reveal new comparisons between these two giants of Austrian Modernism and still have the power to shock and enthral to this day. Leading experts on the period provide authoritative texts that illuminate the important relationship between the two artists. They analyze the role of drawing in their practice and chart the response of early 20th-century Vienna to their electrifying work, which still has the power to shock and enthrall to this day.
With over 120 color illustrations accompanied by text from writers including Marian Bisanz-Prakken, the leading expert on Klimt's drawings and a former curator at the Albertina Museum; Désirée de Chair, Curator of Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Elizabeth Clegg, an independent scholar who has published widely on the visual arts in 19th- and 20th-century Central Europe; and Jane Kallir, Senior Curator at the Galerie St Etienne, New York, and author of Schiele's catalogue raisonné.
Hardcover, 176 pages, 120 color illustrations
Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 x 1 inches