Thursday, 18 September 2008

Gustav Klimt

I like the works of this artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). It started off when I saw the painting named "The Kiss". He used vibrant colours to depict his works. Mostly his paintings are of young women and landscapes. For someone in that era, his works are bright and alive.

It seems Gustav Klimt was a man of few words, but the following statement is a rare window to his self-image: "I can paint and draw. I believe as much myself and others also say they believe it. But I am not sure that it is true. Only two things are certain."

"1. I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women. But other subjects interest me even more. I am convinced that I am not particularly interesting as a person. There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning until night. Figures and landscapes, portraits less often."

"2. I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Even when I have a simple letter to write I am filled with fear and trembling as though on the verge of being sea-sick. For this reason people must do without an artistic or literary self-portrait. And this should not be regretted. Whoever wants to know something about me--as an artist, the only notable thing--ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do."

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