Showcase: Gustav Klimt

“All art is erotic.”

Gustav Klimt

• 14th of July 1862 – 6th of February 1918

• symbolist painter 

• influences: Japanese, Chinese, Ancient Egyptian and Mycenaean.

• influenced: Egon Schiele.

Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna, in 1862, the first born son of the Klimt couple. His father, Ernst Klimt, worked as an engraver and goldsmith, from whom he learned how to manipulate the famed metal.

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner, but for the rest of his life and even after, he was often the subject of controversy.

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The Artist

“No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.”

Antonin Artaud

Imagine staring yourself in the mirror. Maybe you like what you see, maybe we don’t. But what you’ll notice if you do this on a regular basis is the irreversible process of aging. Life slowly moving closer towards death. The apparent opposite. The yin to the yang. The omega to the alpha. Continue reading “The Artist”

Showcase: Pablo Picasso as a Child

Pablo Picasso requires no introduction. Arguably the most famous painter in existence, his level of genius comparable to those of Salvador Dali or Jackson Pollock, the Spaniard created some fifty thousand artworks during his life.

“It took me four years to paint like Rafael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

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Showcase: Jan van Eyck

Man in the Red Turban, thought to be a self-portrait

“I do as I can.” – inscription on the frame of Man in the Red Turban

As one of the early innovators of what became known as Early Netherlandish painting, and one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art, Jan van Eyck was already a master painter with assistants by the age of 32.

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