This month’s featured artist is Gustav Klimt. His work lines up nicely with this month’s training report on pushing your ideas. Klimt certainly wasn’t timid with conveying his ideas. He would pick a direction with each artwork and really drive it home. Of course, this is a polarizing approach and his work won’t be for everyone. But the ideas are strong.
He was a dynamic artist, everything from abstract and symbolism to realistic portraits and impressionist landscapes. Most people know him for his symbolist work, like The Kiss.
Here’s an example of his beautiful realism. This wide range in style reminds me of Pablo Picasso, who started out in the footsteps of the old masters before venturing into his abstract work.
Klimt often blended distinct styles together. His work below is a mix of symbolism, abstract, and realism. Not an easy thing to get away with.
Perhaps my favorite of Klimt’s work is his quiet seascape below. It’s amazing what you can do with the right colors in the right spots. Those dabs of turquoise are stunning!
You can see some of his other paintings here:
Here are some articles about his life and work: