Around the turn of the twentieth century, the grand city of Vienna seethed with radical ideas. Three Austrians in particular—Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schoenberg, and Gustav Klimt—alarmed the bourgeoisie with their brash and, in the case of Freud and Klimt, frankly erotic preoccupations.
Klimt (1862–1918), the son of an engraver, devoted much of his career to painting exquisite, languorous women. After an early period during which he created some portraits of men, Klimt never again made a man the center of one of his paintings. Instead, he explored the decorative potential of painting—perhaps even transforming—women in plays of color and pattern, juxtaposing their pink-and-white skin with flowers, feather boas, or the sinuous lines of a snake worked in gold leaf. Calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper. Measures 12 x 13 in.