Gustav Klimt is known throughout the world for his paintings featuring gold and decorative ornaments, his universal symbolism and his pictures of strong women. But where did he find inspiration?
The exhibition Golden Boy Gustav Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse… offers visitors a remarkable opportunity to view Klimt’s art alongside work by the numerous artists who inspired him.
Klimt’s oeuvre is rarely offered on loan, but this autumn, masterpieces from all over the world will be travelling to Amsterdam. This is the largest retrospective of Klimt’s work ever to be organized in the Netherlands. Works including Emilie Flöge (1902) and Water Serpents II (1904) will be on public display for the first time in the exhibition, which is a collaboration with the Belvedere in Vienna.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was one of the foremost artists in imperial fin-de-siècle Vienna, and his name still resonates today. Klimt was both celebrated and controversial, and remains one of the most fascinating artists of modern art history.
Based on new research, Golden Boy Gustav Klimt presents internationally famous works by Klimt alongside the work of other renowned artists including Vincent van Gogh, Whistler, Sargent, Toorop, Monet, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Matisse. The exhibition shows how Klimt drew inspiration from this art, before making equally captivating art in a style completely his own.