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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

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Mike,

I'm surprised, but not like I actually have a reason, that you are a fan of Klimt. Maybe, at some time, you could elucidate, as I'm a fan of both Klimt and his student, Scheile. Nice portrait of the "working" artist.

Bron

I first saw the Klimt portrait enlarged to life-size at the museum of Klimt's last atelier in Vienna. The rather small room was packed full of unfinished canvasses and then in the corner, looming over it all, was Klimt holding his cat. That was truly a moment of magic.

BTW. I hadn't come across the latin phrase "mod. auct.", so I punched it into google expecting a wikipedia link to pop up as the top search result. But lo and behold, google found me a page on TOP, where you, Mike, explained the meaning of the phrase in a comment to the post "On Lens reviews". :-)
http://www.google.at/search?q=%22mod+auct%22

Hi Bron,

You might enjoy the (slightly provocative) review of the Liverpool Klimt show on Wednesday's edition of "Front Row":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/

Sorry to say I can't find a transcript, it requires that you listen to some of the programme.

Y

There are more Naehr photographs of Klimt in his flowing gown. Two charming examples in the Neue Galerie's collection: one with Emilie Floege, perhaps dancing, and another of him alone in his garden. Small versions visible on their web site. (Look up Moriz Nahr in their collection gallery's list of artists.)

http://www.neuegalerie.org/

Naehr also known for more formal portraits of Mahler and Wittgenstein.

Naehr's work was part of an exhibition called PORTRAITS OF AN AGE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA, 1900-1938, presented at the Neue Galerie and the Albertina in 2005. A review here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0PAL/is_520_161/ai_n15630939

I should look at more Klimt, though at the moment I'm finding reading about him quite interesting and entertaining. Thanks, Mike.

Mike--Thanks for the image! I had never seen a picture of Klimt, though I knew that Alma Schindler had told him that he was better in bed than Gustav Mahler, and that she loved him more than Mahler, but that she would marry Mahler because she felt he would likely have a better chance of making a good income.

I'm glad to be able to put an image to the name!

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