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20th December 2022

Staying Gold

In Klimt’s day, some critics viewed him as an “educated provincial”. History sees him otherwise. His “golden phase” portraits, for which he is most famous, have a “delicacy [and] dignified splendour” that he absorbed from Whistler. Later landscapes show a “refined version” of the “expressive use of colour” pioneered by Impressionism and van Gogh. In short, Klimt was “a painter’s painter … an artist ensnared in the currents of his time” Images are here.